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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The IMD startup competition 2020 awaits applications

Every year, IMD in collaboration with Innosuisse, VentureKick, MassChallenge and Invesere supports a program for start-ups. This year again, 30 early-stage Swiss startups will have the opportunity to benefit from the free-of-charge support of IMD's MBA and EMBA students in 2020. This year alone 32 startups that underwent the IMD challenge won a spot in the Top 100 Swiss Startup Award, including four of the top 10. Registration for the 2019-2020 edition ends on November 11, 2019.


MassChallenge announces its 12 2019 finalists

The MassChallenge Switzerland program recently awarded 12 among its 76 selected companies. Three companies based in Vaud, ARTIRIA Medical (Life Science, Medical Technology), Tomplay (Interactive Music) and Emotion Food Company (Nutrition and Food Technology), are among them. The winners will be announced at the award ceremony on October 31 at the Swiss Tech Convention Center.



BioAlps Networking Day

The half-day event will focus on the future of jobs within the healthcare industry. Speakers from academia, industry, startups and research institutions will gather to discuss how new technologies are shifting the professional and educational paradigms in life sciences.

Théâtre du Crochetan, Monthey


How to manage waste at big events

For the "journées du Tripôle", TecOrbe will host this 3-day event consisting of 4 modules : limiting waste at events ; regulation as a factor of success ; logistics and tips for execution ; waste management for a sport event.

Tripôle, Yverdon-les-Bains


MassChallenge Awards Night

As the world’s largest accelerator network, MassChallenge identifies, strengthens and promotes the highest-impact, highest-potential entrepreneurs. The awards night is the culmination of the acceleration program: there'll be interaction, inspiration, music, delicious food & drinks, and plenty of surprises.

SwissTech Convention Center, Ecublens