INNOVATE, SUCCEED, AND MEET THE GREATEST CHALLENGES

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.

QUALITY OF LIFE

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
Bestmile
Bombardier
DEPsys
ecoRobotix
Hublot
Incyte
Swissquote

Our Key Sectors

Information & Digital Technologies

Life Sciences & Health

Research & Development

Scale-Ups

Blockchain

AI & Machine Learning

Our Success Stories

Bestmile

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

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

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

Your Key-Partners

SPEI

Learn about financial incentives and support organizations

Innovaud

Accelerate your innovation projects

Regional Organizations

Benefit from a local support

DEV

Establish your business in the canton of Vaud

We are here to support you

Activate our network

Develop an innovation project

Find land or premises

Obtain financing

News

1/23/2020

Swiss Entrepreneurs Fund achieves milestone with quarter of a billion francs

The Swiss Entrepreneurs Fund launched in February by the Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation has successfully completed its second fundraising phase. CHF160 million are available for investments in existing funds. CHF90 million will be invested directly. The Fund has invested already in first growth companies as well as in funds.

1/23/2020

Aleva secures a CE mark and $8 million

Aleva Neurotherapeutics’ flagship product, the directSTIM Deep Brain Stimulation System for neurological indications such as Parkinson’s disease and essential tremor is now CE Mark certified. The company has also raised USD 8 million in the first closing of a Series E financing round.

Events

1/25/2020

Applied Machine Learning Days

Five days of talks, tutorials & workshops on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence with top speakers from around the world. A networking cocktail, organised by the DEV and Innovaud, will take place on Tuesday 28th of January in Lausanne between 6 and 8 pm - on invitation only. For more information (limited places) : tamara.megert@dev.ch
Call for startups to meet their next hire, client or investor at AMLD 2020 (50 startups will be selected) ! More information on AMLD website.

Swiss Tech Convention Center (EPFL)

1/29/2020

Startupticker Brunch

The event, organised by Innovaud, FIT, Biopôle and Startupticker will focus on the presentation of the Swiss Venture Capital Report with analyses of investments in Swiss start-ups in 2019. In addition, several support organisations will present themselves and two start-ups will pitch.

Biopôle

1/30/2020

5-Day Innosuisse Startup Trainings

The 2020 Innosuisse training agenda is out and offer 5-Day Trainings in Business Creation and Business Growth for projects in ICT, Engineering or Medtech. . Build your startup with help from the best entrepreneurs and experts in Switzerland. Register now for the next courses in your city to kickstart your entrepreneurial venture!

Lausanne

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