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

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

11/1/2019

EPFL among the global leaders in crypto education

Digital currency exchange platform Coinbase has released the second edition of its Leaders in Crypto Education report, which includes a ranking of the 50 best universities in the world offering courses on cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) ranks 5th worldwide and 1st in Europe. Only two other European universities are in the top 10 : ETH Zurich (8th) and the University of Copenhagen (9th).

10/30/2019

Tech discovery mission in the USA: Silicon Valley and CES Las Vegas

With S-GE Switzerland Global Enterprise, SMEs can experience the innovation and entrepreneurship at the epicenter of the digital industry. This trip will be an opportunity to learn from people and companies that are at the cutting-edge of bringing digital technologies to market.

Events

11/20/2019

EPFL turns 50: Investor Day

EPFL is very young yet routinely ranks among the top 20 engineering schools worldwide. And it is home to a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem flush with initiatives and backed by generous government support. The first Investor Day, as part of the EPFL's year-long 50th anniversary celebration, will be the perfect opportunity to learn about many of the local startups – from budding enterprises to late-stage companies.

Rolex Learning Center, Lausanne

Free tickets for PME & Startups

11/21/2019

Vaud International Business Award

The Department of Economy, Innovation and Sport (DEIS), the Vaud Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CVCI) and the Economic Development (DEV) – Canton de Vaud are organizing the 6th edition of the PVEI (Vaud International Business Award). The purpose of this award is to highlight the contribution of international companies, the diversification they bring and their positive impact on the local economy.

IMD, Lausanne

12/2/2019

Crypto Valley Western Chapter Launch Event

The Crypto Valley is now connecting Zug with Romandie!
To celebrate this major step, the Crypto Valley Association is officially launching its Western Switzerland Chapter on December 02 at EPFL, Lausanne.
Join us to meet the dynamic local blockchain and crypto community.

EPFL – Polydôme