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.

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USA Innovation Discovery Mission

The canton of Vaud organizes, with S-GE, an economic mission around digital innovation, more specifically in the fields of life sciences, industry 4.0 and information and communication technologies. This one is dedicated to all managers of companies in Vaud using new technologies in their daily activities or wishing to be inspired by new innovative business models. Follow the Vaud delegation to the United States day by day!


Leclanché wins a 100 million contract with Bombardier

Leclanché, the specialist in lithium storage solutions based in Y-PARC, has won a contract worth nearly 100 million francs in the rail sector. It will provide the batteries for ten diesel locomotive hybridization projects for the Canadian Bombardier Group.



Lausanne VI workshop - Alzheimer's disease

The Lausanne Workshop, organized under the auspices of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), is the leading global stage for solutions-oriented dialogue on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. This effort began in 2014 in response to the international call to action to stop dementia by 2025. It is a platform for stakeholders to advance a point of view and drive action through interactive panels, collaboration and workshopping.

Mövenpick Hotel, Lausanne

Free tickets for PME & Startups


Scale up Bootcamp: Smart City & Industry 4.0

The Scale up Bootcamps by Venturelab offer rich business development opportunities to scale up your business. Attendants will benefit from access to leading corporates of the industry, matchmaking, 1:1 sessions, scale up deal building (pilot project, investment, customers, partnerships), rich networking opportunities, and expert insights.

Gotham Gare, Lausanne


Global Good Congress

GoodFestival is about celebrating innovation focused on promoting education, health, habitat, nutrition, clean water, security, environmental balance and clean energy for all. Its final event, the Global Good Congress, is bringing together innovators (entrepreneurs, scientists, NGO/IO leaders and business leaders) to encourage them to collaborate.

Musée Olympique, Lausanne