Who should contact Innovaud ?

Innovaud is the first port of call for innovation in Vaud, providing free support to innovative start-ups, scale-ups and small and medium-sized businesses in the canton. Innovaud focuses on innovations in cutting-edge technology or new approaches.

Innovaud prioritizes support for businesses in the fields of life sciences, precision industry, cleantech, and information and communication technology (ITC). The support includes : financing, support, promotion, hosting, networking. Innovaud helps companies in the canton of Vaud (SA, Sàrl or subsidiary; the commercial register being a proof).

Is my project innovative?

For a project to be innovative, it should fulfill the following criteria:

• It creates new products or services to meet the needs of the market and thus brings the company a competitive advantage
• It improves a product by using a new material or a new process
• It establishes a completely new market opportunity
• It dramatically improves a business model for an existing product or service
• It optimizes production or distribution systems so that it fundamentally changes the business model of the relevant field

Moreover, an innovative project is also characterized by its potential for growth and export, as well as by the risk level always associated with novelty.

Companies supported in 2017

112

Life Science

106

ICT

78

Precision Industry

23

Cleantech

vaud.digital

Welcome to vaud.digital, the platform for the innovative players shaping Canton of Vaud’s digital landscape.

Launched in April 2018, vaud.digital is free and open to research institutes, large companies, SMEs and startups based in the Canton of Vaud.

vaud.digital's objective is to map the digital offer of the Canton of Vaud and develop new collaborations between the entities that are part of the portal. It is also a great tool for investors.

SCALE UP VAUD

In 2016, Innovaud created the Scale Up Vaud certification to encourage and strengthen innovative high-growth businesses established in the canton of Vaud. These scale-ups need to create at least 20% more new jobs every year to benefit from the certification, and in return they can rely on support that is specifically adapted to this phase in their growth, regardless of their field of specialization.

Scale Up Vaud is designed to act as a catalyst for a dynamic and innovative economy in the canton. It enjoys the support of various partners including platinn, Alliance, Switzerland Global Enterprise (S-GE), and the Vaud Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CVCI).

Innovation Domains

AgriTech

Cybersecurity

Digital Technologies

Technology portal

The portal serves both as a meeting place and as a promotion tool for the companies, technologies and innovations based in the Canton of Vaud.

Success stories

PSI Audio : l’innovation du son analogique

« Depuis plus de 40 ans, nous cherchons à reproduire les sons le plus précisément possible, indique en préambule le CEO Roger Roschnik, afin que nos haut-parleurs les transmettent de la façon la plus naturelle qui soit. » Fondée en 1977 par Alain Roux, l’entreprise située à Yver-don compte aujourd’hui une dizaine de personnes qui « exercent à elles seules une trentaine de métiers, allant de la recherche à la logistique, en passant par l’administration, l’assemblage, l’usinage de pièces et bien d’autres activités encore. »

Green Motion

This business is a pure player active in charging facilities for electric vehicles and has a complete range of home and public stations. This company is anticipating 4% of all cars in Switzerland to have converted to this system by 2020.

Combagroup

Combagroup uses new environmentally-friendly technologies including a mobile aeroponic system that is unique in the world. Lettuce and aromatic herbs are sprayed with water and nutrients using retractable vertical nozzles.