Fellows Directory

Claire England

Portfolia Venture Funds

Claire England is a veteran investor and startup advisor. She serves as Partner in two Portfolia venture funds: the new Food & AgTech Fund and the FemTech Fund, the nation’s first venture capital fund dedicated to investing in women’s health and wellness innovation. She is also a Kauffman Fellow, a prestigious post-graduate executive leadership program for top venture capitalists worldwide. Over her career, Claire has cultivated more than 20 years of leadership, strategy, and operations acumen in VC investing, entrepreneur ecosystems, and social impact organizations.

From 2014 to 2019, she directed Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN), a large investing community of family offices and high-net-worth individuals, of whom she recruited at least 40 percent. She led CTAN into a global model of early-stage investing, with its first IPO exits and an ROI exceeding the national average for VC returns. CTAN became the #1 most active angel group in the U.S. for the first time in its history, deploying a record $14 million annually. Her efforts to build an exceptional investor community and achieve best-in-class founder sourcing, due diligence, and deal leadership drove more than $74.4 million in funding for 115 companies, from pre-seed to pre-IPO stages.

Previously, she was Executive Director of RISE, which was pivotal in developing Austin’s entrepreneur ecosystem into what it is today, and which Forbes recognized as a “Must-Attend Conference for Entrepreneurs.” She also created international startup and investor projects, delivering exclusive programming for clients such as SXSW Interactive. She established her passion for fostering innovation as a startup’s first full-time employee.

Claire serves on St. Edward’s University’s Business School Board of Advisors and as a mentor for Kauffman Fellows and startup accelerators, such as Techstars. She has served on numerous advisory committees for entrepreneurial and investing organizations, such as the Angel Capital Association, Startup America, and World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers. She speaks at innovation conferences and leads workshops in the U.S. and internationally. In 2018, she received the Kauffman Fellows Leadership Award, and she was a 2013 Finalist for Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power Award.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Claire is a cum laude graduate of Texas State University with a bachelor's degree in mass communication and public relations, and a minor in music (cello and vocal performance); she was also inducted into the Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society.

In her spare time, Claire enjoys international travel, triathlon, reading, cello, travel photography, and anything food related, especially exploring farmer's markets. She lives with her husband and their pug in Austin.

A member of Class 21, Claire served her fellowship at Central Texas Angel Network under the mentorship of then CTAN board member Rosa McCormick (Class 18). She is a mentor to Class 23 member Andrew Vranjes.