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.



TESA, Bobst and SOPHiA Genetics are the prize winners of the 5th Vaud International Business Award

The State of Vaud, the Vaud Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CVCI) and the Economic Development Canton of Vaud (DEV) reward these three companies that contribute to the local economy. Discover the videos of the 2018 prize winners and their partners


A new center dedicated to cancer research

The freshly inaugurated building (12'000 sqm) in front of the CHUV will welcome about 300 researchers. Agora is the result of a partnership between Universities of Lausanne and Geneva, but also the EPFL and Ludwig Institute as well as the CHUV and HUG. All share the same goal as to enhance translational research in merging clinicians and biologists in the same place.



Petits Déjeuners des PME & Start-Up

The 9th edition of Petits Déjeuners des PME & Start-Up will collectively be organized by Centre Patronal and SPEI on the following theme : "Mode de financement : ICO & Cryptocurrency".

Centre Patronal


Applied Machine Learning Days

Four days of talks, tutorials & workshops on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence with top speakers from around the world.

EPFL, Lausanne


THE SPOT: sport and innovation at its best (Lausanne, 28-29 May 2019)

Have you ever wondered what sport will look like in the future? How technology will change how sport is played, governed and even conceptualised? Look no further than THE SPOT, an exciting event by ThinkSport which brings together bright minds, visionaries and fresh innovations from different sectors to stimulate progress in sport.

SwissTech Convention Center