Kauffman Fellow and Early-Stage Investor in Austin, Texas
Claire England is a startup community leader and early-stage investor. She most recently served as Executive Director of Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN), one of the largest, most active angel investing groups in the U.S. with almost 200 members and $108M invested in 174 startups since 2006.
As the longest-serving executive in CTAN history, she grew the organization into a national model of best practices for angel groups. During her tenure, the investor group was ranked in the top two most active angel networks in the U.S. for the first time, including a #1 national ranking for three of the five years.
In 2018, Claire graduated from Kauffman Fellows, a prestigious executive education program for venture capitalists. She is also a Limited Partner in the Kauffman Fellows Fund and a Mentor for Class 23 of Kauffman Fellows. More than 640 Fellows have deployed nearly $200B in capital globally, leading innovation investing on six continents, in 46 countries.
Prior to CTAN, Claire built local and international startup ecosystem strategy for SXSW Interactive, Tech Ranch, and St. Edward's University. She was also Executive Director of RISE: the Relationship & Information Series for Entrepreneurs. Under her leadership, RISE became a Forbes "Must-Attend 2013 Conference for Entrepreneurs,” more than doubling its impact on Austin's startup community through new relationships with investors, community leaders, and corporate partners.
Claire is a frequent speaker, moderator, and judge at national and international innovation events. She volunteers her time as a mentor and advisor at startup accelerators, on the Board of Advisors for the Bill Munday School of Business at St. Edward's University, Austin Chamber's Capital Committee, and World Economic Forum's Global Shapers Austin Hub.
In 2018, Claire received the Kauffman Fellows Leadership Award. She was a 2013 Finalist for Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power Award. A Cum Laude and Dean's List graduate of Texas State University, she holds a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication and Public Relations, minor in Music (cello, vocal performance).