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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EY Entrepreneur of the year Award goes to Flyability and beqom

For the 22nd time, Ernst & Young Switzerland has honoured outstanding entrepreneurial achievements in Switzerland. At the Samsung Hall Zurich in Dübendorf nearly 500 guests from business, politics and society took part in the award ceremony for this year's Entrepreneur Of The Year award. Four winners were crowned, among them are two younger companies: Flyability SA in the category Emerging entrepreneur and beqom SA in the category Service/Commerce.


Launch of the HUB and Global Entrepreneurship Week at UNIL

University of Lausanne is strengthening its support for entrepreneurship and innovation by creating a HUB whose official launch will be celebrated during Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). Discover this year how the GEW, a world-renowned event in entrepreneurship, is setting up in Lausanne. Dedicated to the theme of demystified entrepreneurship, GEW will be the subject of workshops, conferences and business lunches for students from all UNIL faculties from 18 to 21 November 2019.



EPFL turns 50: Innovation Day

For the EPFL, 2019 marks 50th year of transferring cutting-edge technology to industry. To mark the occasion, the institution isholding a special Innovation Day inviting industry leaders and successful entrepreneurs to share their experience and vision. Entrepreneurs with an exceptional path will give an overview of their experience, their determination to succeed and how EPFL has been contributing to their success.

Rolex Learning Center, Lausanne

Free tickets for PME & Startups


Innovation by Design Challenge 2019

For its 3rd edition, the Challenge offers the opportunity to innovative companies and designers of the region to collaborate for improving the attractiveness of their products or services.



Training "From idea to business"

This two-day training organized by Genilem is designed for future entrepreneurs willing to kickstart their project. It will cover the basics of entrepreneurship and self-employment. Participants will leave with essential tools and a concrete roadmap for their entrepreneurial journey. November 19,20 in Lausanne.

CVCI, Lausanne