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.

Annual report 2018

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

2/21/2020

Switzerland still in the lead when it comes to the competitiveness of talent

Switzerland remains on the top podium for its ability to attract and retain talent. It is followed by the United States, which this year overtakes Singapore, according to an index published by the World Economic Forum (WEF). This is the seventh year in a row that Switzerland has been at the top of this " Talent Competitiveness Index".

1/27/2020

Merck Invests in State-Of-The-Art Biotech Development Facility in Switzerland

Merck today announced an investment of € 250 million in a new facility in Corsier-sur-Vevey, Switzerland – the Merck Biotech Development Center.

Events

3/3/2020

FORWARD 2020 : Ma PME dans cinq ans

Avec près de 1000 participants lors des deux premières éditions, FORWARD a confirmé son succès donne rendez-vous en mars 2020 pour la 3e édition de cet événement, consacrée au thème :
Ma PME dans 5 ans - Les nouvelles dimensions de l'innovation. Près de 60 orateurs animeront ce rendez-vous annuel des PME et des partenaires d'innovation.

SwissTech Convention Center EPFL, Lausanne

Free tickets for PME & Startups

3/25/2020

Engineering Industry Day

Innovation is one of the basic missions of EPFL and of primary importance to the School of Engineering (STI). After 3 successful editions and growing number of attendees (over 600 in 2019), we organise the 4th edition on Wednesday March 25, 2020. The Industry Day offers different opportunities to companies, research laboratories of EPFL, as well as Master and PhD students.

Swisstech Convention Center, EPFL

4/30/2020

Forum of the 100: the Swiss face artificial intelligence

The Forum of 100, organized by Le Temps, is a platform for debate and networking based on an annual conference led by quality speakers. It aims to promote the economic dynamism and creativity that are characteristic of the French-speaking region. For a full day, the guests discuss issues that are essential to Switzerland's future. The theme of the 2020 edition: "The Swiss in the face of artificial intelligence". The online launch of the program and the opening of registrations will take place at the beginning of March. In the meantime, you can discover the portraits of the "100 personalities who make up French-speaking Switzerland".

SwissTech Convention Center EPFL, Lausanne