The canton of Vaud is the main center for research and innovation in Switzerland and is one of the wealthiest regions in the world. Science and industry work hand in hand thanks to the presence of globally renowned universities and research centers.


The largest French-speaking region of Switzerland is located at the heart of Europe, in a particularly safe and secure environment at the foot of the Alps and on the shores of Lake Geneva. As well as breath-taking landscapes, it offers a multitude of sporting and family activities and a quality of life recognized – and envied! – the world over.

Home of Innovations

Our Assets

Industrial expertise

Industry in Vaud is based on expertise handed down over many generations, which has seen plenty of prime examples of firms earning a reputation for "Swiss Made" quality through the years.

Center of innovation

The canton of Vaud is a leading European hub in terms of technology and innovation, most notably in research and development.

Leading education

A dense network of schools and universities of global renown have placed the canton of Vaud at the forefront of education and research.

Our Leading Companies

Apco Technologies

Our Key Sectors

Information & Digital Technologies

Life Sciences & Health

Research & Development



AI & Machine Learning

Our Success Stories


DEPsys has developed a smart grid management solution. Building on its robust growth in Switzerland, DEPsys now aims to expand globally.

Ferring Pharmaceuticals

A biopharmaceutical company which develops and markets solutions in the sectors of reproductive and maternal health, urology, gastroenterology, and endocrinology. It was originally founded in Sweden and set up business in the Vaud municipality of Saint-Prex in 2006.


MindMaze is a spin-off from the EPFL which has revolutionized neurological treatment. The start-up’s neurological retraining system is behind its rise to prominence in the unicorn category, i.e., new companies worth over a billion dollars.

Your Key-Partners


Learn about financial incentives and support organizations


Accelerate your innovation projects

Regional Organizations

Benefit from a local support


Establish your business in the canton of Vaud

We are here to support you

Activate our network

Develop an innovation project

Find land or premises

Obtain financing



An innovative solution for early colorectal cancer detection

After appointing a new CEO in May, the Vaud-based startup Novigenix is making process with its technology Colox, that will eventually allow to detect early stage colorectal cancer. Validation study is going forward.


A global Blockchain accelerator launches in Switzerland

"Blockchain propulsion" has launched a new global accelerator program financed by fees and equity stakes to support blockchain-based startups in raising funds, scaling and expanding globally. Selected projects will benefit from an end-to-end program and gain access to a global network. The accelerator has launched hubs in Switzerland, Brazil, China, UAE and India.



EIT Food Pitchfest

In partnership with Venturelab and the Integrative Food and Nutrition Center at the EPFL, the EIT-Food (Europe’s leading food innovation initiative) is welcoming European-based foodtech startups at the EPFL Innovation Park. Come listen to 1-min pitches of these 20 European startups in the fields of food science, nutrition and microbiology.

EPFL Innovation Park, Lausanne


Business Creation ICT

Are you about to set up your ICT company or have you recently started a new business? In this 5-day training module organized by Venture Lab, you will receive specific answers to your questions about your ICT startup. This module will also help you to improve your plans and consolidate your knowledge. Get your startup ready for a final presentation in front of investors.

Gotham Gare, Lausanne


Digital Day 2019

Under the motto «experiencing digital together», the population will meet on Tuesday, 3 September 2019 for the third national Digital Day. The first programme highlights of over 150 free-of-charge events will be available here at the beginning of July.