A hub for international federations
Over 50 sporting headquarters and organizations are established in the canton of Vaud, making it very much the nerve center for international sport. This configuration has enabled a large number of scientific and technology-based companies active in this domain or in material science to develop.
This is the case, for example, of Pomoca, which makes climbing skins and which currently enjoys one third of the global market share. Like many other companies which are innovating in the field of sport, they set up a partnership with the Laboratory for the Processing of Advanced Composites (LPAC) at the EPFL, which is a global reference in this sector.
Due to this enthusiasm and the active support provided by public authorities, the region has come to be known as the "Silicon Valley of Sport." It all began over a century ago with the IOC’s decision to set up its headquarters in Lausanne, which has since gone on to become the Olympic capital (in 1994). In addition to the various international organizations, the region has many different companies, businesses, and research institutes which specialize in sport.
This unique ecosystem most notably contributed to the success of the Alinghi team, which won the America’s Cup in 2003 and 2007. There have also been sports-based academic collaborations set up with ECAL, EHL, HEIG-VD, and IMD.
The canton of Vaud has a multitude of innovative business that are active in sports technologies, including Advanced Sport Instruments, Alogo Analysis, Anemomind, Gait up, GPST, Second Spectrum, and Technis to name but a few.