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


A pioneer in the management of autonomous vehicle fleets, scale-up Bestmile now sells its technology to be used in many cities in Switzerland and around the world.


Combagroup uses new environmentally-friendly technologies including a mobile aeroponic system that is unique in the world. Lettuce and aromatic herbs are sprayed with water and nutrients using retractable vertical nozzles.


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

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Astrocast teams up with IOT company

Astrocast, the developers of the world’s first IoT Nanosatellite Network, and VERTICAL M2M, a leading Industrial IoT Platform provider have entered into a partnership to enhance delivery of IoT solutions for the Oil & Gas, Smart Farming and Transportation and logistics industries. Together the companies will enable customers with IoT devices in remote locations, without connectivity, to receive critical data and updates and send commands to these assets from anywhere in the world.


Venture Leaders China: The 2020 team selected

Ten Swiss deeptech start-ups have been selected for the Venture Leaders China program. The members of this new Swiss national start-up team will have the opportunity to get in touch with Chinese investors to present their ideas and raise funds. The 2020 Roadshow in China, currently scheduled for September, marks the sixth edition of Venturelab, which facilitates connections between Swiss start-ups and Chinese partners and investors.




Innovation happens where business,design, and tech meet. Innovation Today is the biggest innovation event in Switzerland with the legends Alexander Osterwalder, Jake Knapp, Yves Pigneur! They will share real-life stories, case studies, practical tools and methods that inspire thousands of innovation leaders and the world's most innovative companies.

SwissTech Convention Center


Swiss Economic Forum

For the very first time, the 22nd Swiss Economic Forum (SEF) will take place in Vaud. Over the years, this national event has established itself as THE conference for Swiss economic decision-makers. Renowned for its high quality and world-class speakers, more than 1,350 decision-makers from business, politics, science and the media meet here every year.


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Investment Summit 2020

Let’s AIM FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE together to achieve the extraordinary. Raphaël Domjan, initiator and pilot of SolarStratos, will take you on a journey sharing his endeavor to reach the edge of space on a solar-powered plane. We will discuss the importance of pushing boundaries during wingsuit flying and we shall hear about what it takes to lead a global space mission. Join the digital Investment Summit during the morning session 09.00 – 11.00 am and the afternoon session 16.00 – 18.00 pm.