Claire England is an early-stage investor, executive, and startup community leader. She currently serves as a Partner & Lead Investor at Portfolia and as an Advisor to Firebrand Ventures, and she is an authority on building effective startup investing endeavors for economic development entities, nationally and internationally.
From 2014 to 2019, she was the chief executive of Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN), one of the largest, most active angel investing groups in the U.S. with 200 members and $108M invested in 174 startups since 2006. As CTAN's longest-serving executive, she developed the organization into an international model of angel investing best practices. Under her leadership, CTAN members invested $14M annually into 40-50 companies with professional due diligence and a group return significantly higher than the national average. For the first time in its history, CTAN was ranked as the #1 most-active angel investing group nationally during her tenure.
In 2018, Claire graduated from Kauffman Fellows, a prestigious, post-graduate executive education program for venture capitalists. She is 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, she developed international startup ecosystem strategy for clients such as SXSW Interactive, Tech Ranch, St. Edward's University, and Hamburg Startups. Claire was also Executive Director of the RISE conference; under her leadership, RISE became a Forbes "Must-Attend 2013 Conference for Entrepreneurs." She spent the first 10 years of her career directing charitable nonprofits' communications, events, and fundraising programs and was subsequently the first full-time employee for a social media services startup, spurring her passion for entrepreneurship.
Claire is a public speaker, panelist, and pitch judge for global innovation conferences. She serves on St. Edward's University's Business School Board of Advisors and volunteers as a mentor at startup accelerators, including DivInc, MassChallenge, and Techstars. In 2018, she received the Kauffman Fellows Leadership Award. She was also a 2013 Finalist for Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power Award.