Fellows Directory

Henri Deshays


Henri is VP of Strategic Initiatives at StartX, a nonprofit startup accelerator and community of entrepreneurs affiliated with Stanford University, based in Palo Alto, California. Henri is in charge of the internationalization of StartX, the creation of investment vehicles financing the development of StartX-affiliated startups, and outreach to entrepreneurs and mentors.

Henri leads StartX’s enterprise neighborhood and the early-stage neighborhood, where he has mentored 50+ startups to date.

Prior to joining StartX, Henri was COO of AmigoCloud, a mobile GIS startup, and founder and CEO of ModeWalk, a luxury fashion marketplace that was sold to Moda Operandi.

As an individual, Henri is also an angel investor in several US and European startups as well as accelerators bridging Europe and the US. He is also board member at Softway Medical, the leading French Health Information Systems provider.

Education, Personal, and Fellowship

Henri is a graduate of Stanford Graduate School of Business and holds a master’s in corporate finance and international capital markets from Sciences-Po (France) and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Université Paris IX-Dauphine (France).

Henri is a mentor and jury member at organizations promoting French entrepreneurship, including UBI.io, The Refiners, NETVA, and The Family.

Henri served his fellowship at StartX as a member of Class 21. His mentors were Niko Bonatsos, Partner at General Catalyst, and Cameron Teitelman (Class 16), CEO of StartX.