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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7 start-ups presented during the Demo Day of UEFA's Start-up Challenge

The first ever UEFA Start-Up Challenge reached its climax last Thursday when the seven participating start-ups presented their results to experts at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon. Carefully selected during a pitch day in February, the young entrepreneurs have been on a three-month mission to address some of UEFA’s current business needs.


Call for projects in the field of video games

For the first time, the State of Vaud is calling for projects related to video games. At the intersection of art and digital, this field must have a significant place in the creative initiatives in the Canton. Selected projects will be supported with grants of CHF 50'000 in total. Deadline to apply is July 26.



L'humain au coeur de l'entreprise

5 à 7 des entrepreneurs du Nord vaudois - A l’heure où la croissance prend une place prépondérante dans l’économie, des initiative et des modèles de management innovants fleurissent un peu partout. Ce rendez-vous de l’ADNV (Association pour le Développement du Nord Vaudois) présente une innovation de management et une nouvelle formule de recrutement, toutes deux centrées sur l’humain.

Y-Parc, Yverdon-les-Bains


World Conference of Science Journalists

The World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ2019) is designed to strengthen the professional, ethical and technical skills of science journalists by increasing their knowledge of recent developments in science and improving their understanding of the forces that shape our world. The 11th edition will this time take place in Lausanne.

STCC, Lausanne


From the Lab to International Heights

Six scale-up from Vaud (including Flyability, BestMile, NetGuardians, Abionic and Frontiers) will pitch in front of international media reporters during the « World Conference of Science Journalists 2019 » (WCSJ) at the EPFL Innovation Park. The companies will host a « Field Trip » immersive session, co-organised by Innovaud and the Offic for Economic Promotion on the topic « From the Lab to International Heights ».

EPFL, Lausanne