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


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Regional Organizations

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HIPERION project awarded €10.6 million in EU funding

The European Union has awarded €10.6 million in funding to HIPERION. This grant will aid in establishing a pilot assembly line to bring breakthrough photovoltaic technology, designed by Swiss startup Insolight, closer to market. HIPERION was set up by a 16-member consortium of research organizations and leading industry partners and is being coordinated by CSEM. It will ultimately strengthen the competitiveness of the EU’s solar power industry in the high performance segment.


L’État de Vaud intensifie sa lutte contre les cyberrisques

Pour renforcer la résilience des entreprises face aux criminels du web, le Canton de Vaud publie une application web gratuite construite en collaboration avec la DGNSI, le SPEI, Innovaud, la Police cantonale vaudoise et le Bureau d’information et de communication. Cet outil d’information et de prévention propose en particulier un set de dix bonnes pratiques essentielles de sécurité.



Exporter demain !

Mature markets are the backbone of the international activities of almost every Swiss company. While competition is fierce and there are many political upheavals these days in Europe, America, and the industrialized countries of Asia, it is in the interest of SMEs to continue to expand or to start new business in mature markets because they bring assets to the table!

Hôtel Royal Savoy, Lausanne


Collaborateurs gagnants : la gestion du capital humain pour l’expansion

Ce séminaire, proposé par OSM Romandie, explore la gestion du capital humain comme base du développement économique de l'entreprise du futur. Paolo Ruggeri, entrepreneur et PDG de OSM International, interviendra pour discuter le potentiel économique d'une meilleure gestion des collaborateurs.

Musée olympique, Lausanne


Alpine High-tech Venture Forum 2019

The 8th edition of the AHVF, organized by Tech Tour, convenes 50 Swiss and International investors, over 40 presenting companies from the Alpine region and more than 120 attendees.

Aquatis Hotel & Conference Center, Lausanne

Free tickets for PME & Startups