YOUR GATEWAY TO INNOVATING AND INVESTING IN VAUD: THE INNOVATION HUB AT THE HEART OF EUROPE

At Innovaud, we provide a variety of services to promote the local economy, establish new, high-added-value businesses in our region, and create new jobs.

Innovaud is the innovation and investment promotion agency for the canton of Vaud, in Switzerland’s Lake Geneva region. We help tech-oriented companies (startups, scale-ups, SMEs and corporates) develop their businesses and carry out innovation projects. We also assist foreign companies wanting to set up in our region. In 2020 we merged with Vaud's economic development agency (DEV) to create a single point of contact and offer a more comprehensive array of services.

More specifically, we strive to:

  • PROMOTE: Promote the innovative work being done by our businesses and entrepreneurs
  • INVEST: Encourage investment in Vaud and showcase its strengths to the international business community, such as through initiatives we carry out with partner organizations. We also help foreign companies open offices in our region by providing advice on business creation, helping them find the right premises, hosting networking opportunities, and more
  • CONNECT: We put entrepreneurs in touch with the right organizations for financing, support, promotion, hosting and networking
  • EXPAND: We help local businesses expand internationally, mainly through our Scale Up Vaud program and various events we hold abroad 
  • EXPLORE: Our activities include keeping in touch with the global innovation community and identifying new innovation hubs around the world

Who we serve

Our services are intended for startups, scale-ups, SMEs and corporates that are based in Vaud or planning to open a site here. These businesses must operate in one or more of our canton’s priority innovation industries: life science, information and communication technology (ICT), precision manufacturing, cleantech, trusttech, foodtech and related fields. We work with a variety of Swiss and international organizations. 

Since 2013 we've:

753

Initial meetings with foreign companies

233

Set-ups of foreign companies

225

Startups created with our support

2500

Initial meetings by our innovation service