VC Partner and Kauffman Fellow in Austin, Texas
Claire England is an experienced executive and startup investor. She owns a consultancy working with economic development entities to build startup investing communities based upon proven strategies and best practices. She is also a Partner with Portfolia Venture Funds, where she serves as a Lead Investor for Portfolia's FemTech Fund, the nation's first venture fund dedicated to investing in women's health and wellness innovation.
Throughout her career, Claire has cultivated leadership, strategy, and operations in early-stage investing, entrepreneur ecosystems, and charitable organizations. From 2014 to 2019, she was chief executive of Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN), which she expanded into an international model of early-stage investing best practices, with its first IPO exits and an ROI exceeding the national average for both angel and VC investing. CTAN became the #1 most active angel group in the nation for the first time in its history, with members investing a record $14M annually into startups for a total of $74.4M during her tenure.
She is a graduate of Kauffman Fellows, a prestigious post-graduate executive leadership program of top venture capitalists and innovators worldwide. Prior to startup investing, she created international programming for SXSW Interactive, a tech accelerator, and a private university; led a Forbes nationally-recognized "Must-Attend Conference for Entrepreneurs;" and was a social media startup's first full-time employee, spurring her entrepreneurial passion.
Claire serves on St. Edward's University's Business School Board of Advisors and volunteers as a mentor for Kauffman Fellows and startup accelerators, including Techstars and MassChallenge. She is a public speaker and startup judge for global innovation conferences. In 2018, she received the Kauffman Fellows Leadership Award, and she was a 2013 Finalist for Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power Award. Claire graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communication – Public Relations and a minor in Music – Cello and Vocal Performance from Texas State University, where she was on the Dean's List and inducted into the Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society.