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

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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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HEIG-VD and DEPsys launch an interdisciplinary project to optimize the electrical grid

The project aims at leveraging data through an automated process, in order to gather all necessary information for a safe and optimal use of the electricity network.


MassChallenge Switzerland announces its 4th start-up cohort

MassChallenge Switzerland, part of MassChallenge’s global network of zero-equity startup accelerators, today announced the 76 early-stage, high-impact startups accepted into its 2019 accelerator.



Enquête conjoncturelle de printemps de la CVCI

La CVCI vous convie à la présentation des résultats de l'enquête conjoncturelle de printemps 2019. Ces résultats seront publiés et présentés lors d'un évènement spécial organisé en collaboration avec l'ARGdV et la COREB. En complément à cette enquête, un point de situation sera également présenté sur le projet d’accord-cadre entre la Suisse et l’Union européenne.

Hôtel de la Gare, Moudon


The SPOT: sport and innovation at its best

Have you ever wondered what sport will look like in the future? How technology will change how sport is played, governed and even conceptualised? Look no further than The SPOT, an exciting event by ThinkSport which brings together bright minds, visionaries and fresh innovations from different sectors to stimulate progress in sport.

SwissTech Convention Center

Free tickets for PME & Startups


Startup DAY

Organised by Startup INVEST, this full day event will include keynotes, panels, “investors on stage”, a pitch competition, 1:1 meetings and masterclasses for start-ups and corporates. More than 220 participants already registered.

Kursaal, Bern

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