Executive Director Central Texas Angel Network
Claire England is Executive Director of Central Texas Angel Network (CTAN), the most active angel investing organization in the United States, having invested over $70 million USD in more than 130 startups since 2006. A native of Austin, Texas, her background includes 18+ years of executive and nonprofit leadership. She worked on local and international startup ecosystem projects for clients including SXSW Interactive, Tech Ranch, and St. Edward’s University before joining CTAN. She also serves as a public speaker, moderating panels, giving solo talks and keynotes, and judging pitch competitions at SXSW Festival, the international Rice Business Plan Competition, and more.
Previously, Claire was Executive Director of the RISE conference – 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 ecosystem through new relationships with investors, business leaders, and corporate partners like Dell and American Airlines. In 2013, she was named a finalist for Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power – Women of Influence Award. She volunteers her time as Founding Advisory Board member for the World Economic Forum’s Austin Global Shapers Hub, Startup America’s Austin Chair, and Mentor for social impact accelerator, UnLtd USA. She holds a Bachelor’s degree cum laude from Texas State University with a Major in Mass Communication – Public Relations and a Minor in Music – Cello and Vocal Performance.