Portfolia Venture Funds
Claire England is a veteran investor and advisor to entrepreneurs. She is a Partner in two Portfolia venture funds: the new Food & AgTech Fund and Portfolia's FemTech Fund, the nation's first VC fund dedicated to investing in women's health and wellness innovation. In addition, she works with economic development entities to build robust startup investing ecosystems by combining education for investors and entrepreneurs, community building, and best practices.
Throughout her career, Claire has cultivated leadership, strategy, and operations experience in early-stage investing, entrepreneur ecosystems, and charitable organizations. From 2014 to 2019, she led Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN) into an international model of early-stage investing, 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 U.S. for the first time in its history, with members investing a record $14 million annually, resulting in a total of more than $74.4 million invested in startups during her tenure.
She is a Kauffman Fellow, a prestigious post-graduate executive leadership program for top venture capitalists and innovators worldwide. Previously she was Executive Director of RISE, which Forbes recognized as a "Must-Attend Conference for Entrepreneurs," delivering both exceptional education content and community building. She also created international programming for SXSW Interactive, as well as accelerator and private university clients. She began her exposure to entrepreneurship as an early social media 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, including Techstars and MassChallenge. She has previously 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 is a public speaker and startup competition 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.
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.