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.



Y-Parc is expanding

Two brand new buildings worth CHF 55 million will be unveiled in late 2019. The first one will be a 20'000 m2 multi-space available to several companies for rent and will be a great choice for establishment. The company Perret Gentil + Rey & Associés SA will settle its head office in the second one. Both buildings will be under construction in September.


New positioning "Home of Innovations" and new promotional tools

The Office for Economic Affairs and Innovation (SPEI) as well as its partners - Innovaud and DEV - completely reviewed their communication tools in order to reinforce Vaud' strategic position as a worldwide hub for innovation. Indeed, new synergies have allowed them to launch both print and digital tools on June 14, 2018.



EPFL Drone Days

EPFL, known especially for its research and innovations in robotics, is organizing EPFL Drone Days 2018, which will take place from Friday 31 August till Sunday 2 September.
The event will include:
- Drone racing
- Robotics showcase
- International Drones Conference and Expo

EPFL campus in Lausanne


Forum de l'économie vaudoise

Piloter le chaos | Incertitude, complexité, vitesse

Salle Métropole, Lausanne


Convergence in Oncology Summit 2018

Biopôle SA and Salus Partners have partnered to stimulate innovation in oncology by bringing together multiple stakeholders converging from different industrial, academic and clinical backgrounds.

Biopôle, Lausanne