VC Partner and Kauffman Fellow in Austin, Texas
Claire England is an experienced executive and venture capital investor. She owns a consultancy working with national and international economic development entities to build startup investing communities based upon proven strategies and best practices. She also serves as a Partner with Portfolia Venture Funds and is a Lead Investor for Portfolia's FemTech Fund, the nation's first fund dedicated to investing in women's health and wellness innovation.
For two decades, Claire cultivated community leadership and organizational strategy in entrepreneur ecosystems and previously for charitable nonprofits. From 2014 to 2019, she served as chief executive of Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN), which she developed into one of the largest, most active angel investing organizations in the U.S. Under her leadership, CTAN ranked as the #1 most active group in the nation for the first time in its history, with members investing a record $14M annually into startups.
She is a graduate of Kauffman Fellows, a prestigious post-graduate executive leadership program of 700+ top venture capitalists and innovators in more than 50 countries. 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.
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.