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

Headquarters

Cybersecurity

Oncology

Our success stories

Becton Dickinson

Generating annual revenue of over $16 billion, Becton Dickinson chose in 2016 to set up its European headquarters in the Canton of Vaud. The giant employs over 250 highly skilled people and is a leading player in Health Valley.

CISCO

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.

News

8/30/2019

RigiTech's first drone delivery route on the horizon

RigiTech is transforming logistics and supply chain with its new drone delivery technology which enables delivering packages over a distance of 80 kilometers. The Lausanne based startup has obtained a CHF 100’000 FIT tech seed loan to launch the first operation in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.

8/22/2019

Vaud fosters Entrepreneurial Discovery

In the recent months, the Canton of Vaud has multiplied the opportunities for its entrepreneurs to grow their business internationally and get inspired by high performing digital innovation ecosystems. Such is the case of this year's Seedstars Expansion Program and the forthcoming USA Innovation Discovery Mission, two initiatives aiming at providing growth opportunities. Interested entrepreneurs can still apply for both.

Events

10/1/2019

Alpine High-tech Venture Forum 2019

The 8th edition of the AHVF, organized by Tech Tour, convenes 50 Swiss and International investors, over 40 presenting companies from the Alpine region and more than 120 attendees.

Aquatis Hotel & Conference Center, Lausanne

Free tickets for PME & Startups

11/10/2019

USA Innovation Discovery Mission

Le canton de Vaud organise, conjointement avec S-GE, une mission économique autour de l'innovation digitale, plus spécifiquement dans les domaines des sciences de la vie, de l'industrie 4.0 et des technologies de l'information et de la communication. Celle-ci est dédiée à tous les responsables d'entreprises vaudoises utilisant les nouvelles technologies dans leurs activités quotidiennes ou souhaitant s’inspirer de nouveaux modèles d’affaires innovants.

Seattle & Austin, USA

11/19/2019

EPFL turns 50: Innovation Day

For the EPFL, 2019 marks 50th year of transferring cutting-edge technology to industry. To mark the occasion, the institution isholding a special Innovation Day inviting industry leaders and successful entrepreneurs to share their experience and vision. Entrepreneurs with an exceptional path will give an overview of their experience, their determination to succeed and how EPFL has been contributing to their success.

Rolex Learning Center, Lausanne

Free tickets for PME & Startups