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.



Applications are now open for the Prix à l'Innovation by Région de Nyon

Région de Nyon grants each year a prize of CHF 50'000 to one or several companies boosting local economy, in the field of life science, precision engineering, ICT, food industry, tourism, cleantech, tourism, international sport or manufacturing. Applications will be open until October 31.


Swiss Entrepreneurs Fund raises CHF 190 million and begins investing

The Swiss Entrepreneurs Fund, launched in February this year by the Swiss Entrepreneurs Foundation, has successfully concluded its first round of fundraising, in an amount totalling CHF 190 million. In consequence, the fund can from August start investing in Swiss start-ups and growth-stage innovative SMEs.



Apprenticeship: the benefits for your company

In Switzerland, more than two-thirds of students start out with an apprenticeship at the end of compulsory school. But what are the benefits for companies? This event will present the Swiss apprenticeship system and its benefits both for employers and apprentices. Two international companies, BOBST and Merck, will share their experience with apprentices.



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