Claire England brings two decades of executive and community leadership to her role as Executive Director of Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN) in Austin, Texas, one of the largest, most active angel investing groups in the U.S. CTAN is a diverse organization of 185 member investors with more than $100M invested in 170+ companies since 2006.
Claire is a Class 21 graduate of Kauffman Fellows, the prestigious two-year, Silicon Valley-based executive education program for venture capital and innovation leadership. More than 585 Kauffman Fellows have deployed nearly $200B in capital globally. Graduates lead 500+ VC firms, corporate venture, angel, university, government, and startup innovation efforts in 42 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. She is also a Class 23 Mentor in the Kauffman Fellows program.
In 2018, Claire received a 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).
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