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.



Kare Knowledgeware: a Vaud success story

Kare Knowledgeware is a British AI startup operating in the area of automated knowledge management and customer support. The company has chosen to expand their business to Lausanne in order to benefit from the tech talent pool and clear commercial opportunities. Discover the following interview with kare’s Chief Technology Officer, Dr. Michele Sama available on Switzerland Global Enterprise's Website.


A global Blockchain accelerator launches in Switzerland

"Blockchain propulsion" has launched a new global accelerator program financed by fees and equity stakes to support blockchain-based startups in raising funds, scaling and expanding globally. Selected projects will benefit from an end-to-end program and gain access to a global network. The accelerator has launched hubs in Switzerland, Brazil, China, UAE and India.



Convergence in Oncology Summit 2019

For the second consecutive year, Biopôle SA and Salus Partners are organizing this international annual assembly of industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and investors active in the field of Oncology.

Aquatis Conference Center, Lausanne

Free tickets for PME & Startups


FAI International Drones Conference and Expo

The conference of experts, economy representatives, legislators and investors around the developments, opportunities and challenges of the drones domain.

EPFL Rolex Learning Center

Free tickets for PME & Startups


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