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.



swiss aeropole joins Vaud's technology parks

The swiss aeropole Payerne has entered the official list of technology parks.


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.



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.

Lausanne Palace & Musée Olympique


Les Petits Déj'

The 3rd edition of Petits Déjeuners des PME & Start-Up will collectively be organized by Y-Parc and Venture Kick on the following theme "Blockchain : un rêve en 2018, une réalité en 2019 ?".

Y-Parc, Yverdon-les-Bains


Seedstars Global Summit

Attend to the final step of the world's biggest competition for entrepreneurs from emerging markets and discover the most promising startups from from Africa, Latin America, Asia, Middle East, North Africa, and Central and Eastern Europe; while at the same time learning about the tech trends in those regions and accessing a word-class network of global changemakers.

SwissTech Convention Center, Lausanne

Free tickets for PME & Startups