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.



FINMA now delivers a "FinTech" license

This license is available since January 1st and adds up to the two others measures launched by the Swiss Federal Council in August 2018. It wants to stimulate innovation in new financial technologies and help its financing. This makes it possible for a company to receive public deposits up to CHF 100 millions without falling into the bank category under the law.


A new website dedicated to blockchain technology

This week marked the first time that a large-scale blockchain conference was organized in our region. The Geneva Annual Blockchain Congress, which took place on January 21st, was a great event bringing together Western Switzerland’s growing ecosystem. On this occasion, GGBa released their new blockchain website.



Petits Déjeuners des PME & Start-Up

The 2nd edition of Petits Déjeuners des PME & Start-Up will collectively be organized by CVCI and Genilem on the following theme : "Design Thinking : l'innovation focalisée sur le client".



Tech Tour Growth Summit 2019

The TTGS will again bring over 50 of Europe’s high-growth company CEO’s and their venture capital backers for a high-level Forum and Conference. The sheer number of CEOs that were considered by the Tech Tour Growth Forum selection committee to attend, plus the financial firepower and expertise of their investors, is one of the more compelling stories of 2019.

Hôtel Royal Savoy, Lausanne

Free tickets for PME & Startups


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