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



Precisions about the Swiss Entrepreneurs Fund

Startupticker is providing you with more insights and a recap regarding the newly launched Swiss Entrepreneurs Fund in December 2017 in Bern. For exemple, the SwissEF only invests in startups and SMEs in the growth phase (internationalisation) with a financing requirement of between CHF 5-20 million! Regarding the Foundation tasks, it include helping startups to become investment ready for the fund and supporting portfolio companies with mentors, access to a network of entrepreneurs and tools for growth.


Swiss Venture Capital Report 2019

The 7th edition of the Swiss Venture Capital Report is available.



L'innovation, notre chance

Rassemblant près de 800 membres de l'UNIL et du monde juridique, le club CEDIDAC se concentre sur la formation continue dans le domaine du droit. S'appuyant sur le récent master en économie-droit (MDE), le club souhaite désormais se positionner davantage en faveur de l'économie et annonce le premier événement orienté sur l'innovation. La conférence sera donnée par Patrick Aebischer et portera sur la position de la Suisse, plus spécifiquement du canton de Vaud, dans l'nnovation. Les efforts nécessaires dans la formation afin de favoriser cette innovation et le développement des startups. Une table ronde composée de F. Derder, S. Kulling, A. Nicod et N. Durand s'attachera à échanger quant aux opportunités pour les jeunes en cours de formation.

Centre Patronal, Paudex


Petits Déjeuners des PME & Start-Up

The 2nd edition of Petits Déjeuners des PME & Start-Up will collectively be organized by CVCI and Genilem on the following theme : "Design Thinking : l'innovation focalisée sur le client".



CAS Chauffage à Distance

La Haute Ecole d'Ingénierie et de Gestion du canton de Vaud invite les professionnels en génie thermique à assister à la soirée d'information portant sur l’ouverture de l'une de leur deux nouvelles formations continues post-graduées dans le domaine du Chauffage à distance. Cette formation est un certificat d’études avancées (CAS) proposées aux professionnels intéressés à compléter leurs connaissances et leur savoir-faire.

HES-SO Provence, Lausanne