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

Precision Engineering

Life Sciences & Health

Research & Development




Our Success Stories

APCO Technologies

Since establishing itself in Aigle in 2008, APCO Technologies has enjoyed significant growth in the space, energy and heavy industry sectors. The family-run business has gone from strength to strength, and now works with the Swiss Space Center and on the European Ariane 6 rocket.

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


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Accelerate your innovation projects

Regional Organizations

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Establish your business in the canton of Vaud

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Activate our network

Develop an innovation project

Find land or premises

Obtain financing



Discover the finalists of the Seedstars Exchange Program

The Office for Economic Affairs along CVCI, Innovaud and Seedstars selected the 8 Vaud-based companies that will take part in the Seedstars Regional Summits. Droople, Matchmore and Noisypeak will go to Dar Es Salam (Tanzania), Mirrakoi, Guruvest, Embion Technologies and Agam Security will be headed to Bangkok (Thaïlande). Finally, Picterra will go to Lima (Peru).


Formation Business Growth

Innosuisse et Venturelab organisent des cours gratuits et d'une durée de 5 jours à Lausanne. Ceux-ci sont destinés aux startups romandes et actives dans les technologies de l'information et de la communication (ICT) ainsi que dans l'ingénierie de pointe afin d'utiliser le marketing digital, d'accroître les ventes, procéder à un meilleur recrutement, et finalement à préparer sa phase d'expansion (scaling) avec les outils légaux et les investisseurs adaptés. Trois heures de coaching individuel vous seront également consacrées.



Award Ceremony of the Innovation by Design Challenge and Municipalité-Entreprises event

The event will be the award ceremony of the Innovation by Design Challenge. The Prize aims at connecting young Vaud companies with designers in order to answer some of their needs with design.

ECAL, Renens (IKEA auditorium)


The Investor's Battle

The Investors’ Battle is the event to get the insider scoop on the different profiles of investors and on what they are really looking for.

Y-PARC, Yverdon-les-Bains


Innover dans ma PME

The tools of success

A special event dedicated at technological and innovative SMEs to present the ecosystem supporting innovation in Vaud. The event will showcase concrete examples in a fun way and will be moderated by the Swiss comedian Didier Charlet, alias Simon Perruchet!

Pré-aux-Moines, Théâtre de Cossonay