Your one-stop-shop to set-up your company in the canton of Vaud

The DEV provides free of charge support to foreign companies willing to set up a business in the canton of Vaud. It offers experience, expertise, and knowledge of the region and of the local economic context, in order to efficiently guide entrepreneurs.

Why invest in the canton of Vaud

At the crossroads of the world

The region has a glowing global reputation, in particular thanks to the various international events that are organized there.

Center of innovation

The canton of Vaud is a leading European hub in terms of technology and innovation, most notably in research and development.

Qualified workforce

Thanks to its education and professional training system, the canton of Vaud has an extensive workforce that is qualified and often multilingual.

Key sectors

Life Sciences & Health

Information & Digital Technologies

Research & Development




Our success stories


This US giant which specializes in network equipment has been based in Rolle since 2007. The group also has a development unit within the EPFL Innovation Park and is anticipating widespread digital disruption across all sectors of industry.

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.


This US medical technology giant has developed partnerships with various figures in the local financial and scientific community. Since setting up business in Tolochenaz in 1996, the group has worked very closely with the EPFL, HEIG-VD, and CHUV academic institutions.



Launch of Nestlé R&D Accelerator

Nestlé announced the creation of the Nestlé R&D Accelerator based in Lausanne, Switzerland. The accelerator brings together Nestlé scientists, students and start-ups to advance science and technology.


Blockchain: a safe and technological innovation-oriented framework

The Federal Council wishes to provide a better legal framework to swiss companies working in blockchain in order to suppress obstacles, misuses and money laundering.




Economic Development Canton of Vaud and Greater Geneva Bern area will be attending the largest event for unmanned systems and robotics: AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2019. Taking place April 29-May 2 in Chicago, we would like to invite you to meet with us at the Booth #2704 and to attend our panel session on Authorizing BVLOS Operations at Scale: Lessons Learned from Switzerland (April 29, 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM, Room S402a).
Contact us and let's meet in Chicago!

McCormick Place, Chicago


Les Petits Déj'

The 4th edition of Petits Déjeuners des PME & Start-Up will collectively be organized by Centre Patronal and Genilem on the following theme "Conseil d’administration/advisory board : comment tirer profit des compétences de leur membres ?".

Centre Patronal, Paudex


MTI 2019

Supported by the SPEI, the 28th MTI Conference will bring together again game-changing technologies and leading entrepreneurs with a wide range of MedTech investors including VC’s, angel investors, leading MedTech corporations, private wealth holders, family offices and many more. In addition to showcasing the most cutting edge technologies and the investment opportunities they bring, the finely tuned conference programme will also give unrivalled insight into the MedTech sector for both entrepreneurs and investors. With highly experienced and knowledgeable speakers you will be able to better understand how successful investments can be made in the MedTech arena.

Royal Savoy, Lausanne

Free tickets for PME & Startups