The innovaud association

Innovaud is the access key to innovation in the Canton of Vaud.  It focuses on all businesses that bring into being innovation projects – from start-ups and SMEs to giant multinationals – and on the various support options that are available to each of them.

Innovaud was created in February 2013 by:

• The Department of the Economy and Sport (DECS) of the canton of Vaud
• The Department of Education, Youth and Culture (DFJC) of the canton of   Vaud
• 6 technology parks in the canton of Vaud
• The Foundation for Technological Innovation (FIT)
• The Vaud Association for the Promotion of Innovation and Technology (AIT)

Objectives and Services

• To serve as a gateway to innovation in the canton of Vaud
• To bring organizations together in a wide network to support innovation and to enhance their offerings
• To accelerate the execution of innovation projects and maximize their
 chances of success
• To highlight the triumphs of innovation and of the seven technology parks dedicated to innovative companies

Site selection

Innovaud has seven technology parks within its network:

• the Technology Park of Sainte-Croix
• the Y-Parc of Yverdon-les-Bains
• the TecOrbe in Orbe
• the Biopôle in Lausanne
• the Ateliers of the City of Renens
• the EPFL Innovation Park in Ecublens

Technology parks are designed to encourage synergies between determined innovative companies within a given geographic area by pooling local infrastructure and technical skills.  They are thus an excellent springboard for innovative projects.

Through its seven technology parks, Innovaud can offer companies an ideal choice for setting up their site.


Innovaud helps businesses to find funding solutions.  It also provides intensive financial support that can benefit start-ups through new loans available through the Foundation for Technological Innovation (FIT).


With its team of experienced innovation consultants, Innovaud supports projects and businesses for the long-term.  It also relies on existing networks to provide optimum coaching support.  Depending on the situation, Innovaud can also set up projects.

New project promotion

Innovaud develops special communication tools for companies to enhance their innovation projects.  It organizes some networking events and participates in others.