Energy & Environment
ICT & Digital
Life Sciences & Health
Nutrition & FoodTech
Precision Engineering


YouHodler opens Lausanne headquarters

By offering to use crypto as collateral to get instant cash or crypto loans, the FinTech company enables to both hold crypto assets and profit from liquidity. In 2019, Ilya Volkov, CEO of YouHodler, chose to set-up his business in Vaud. He now also coordinates the activity of the CryptoValley association in Western Switzerland and Western Europe.


23 Vaud startups in the TOP 100 2021

The TOP 100 Swiss startups were unveiled on 8 September in Schlieren (ZH). Some 23 of these young companies come from the canton of Vaud, and 10 of them are newcomers to the ranking this year. CREAL and AgroSustain enter the TOP 10. The canton of Vaud has confirmed its attractiveness to young, promising technology companies with the potential of becoming Vaud's next scale-ups that successfully make it to the stock market, such as SOPHiA GENETICS and Astrocast.


A serological test to assess immunity against SARS-CoV-2

CHUV and EPFL have joined forces to develop a new and particularly accurate serological test to quantify neutralizing antibodies against SARS-CoV-2.


The canton of Vaud ranks 6th in UBS' 2021 cantonal competitiveness indicator

The Cantonal Competitiveness Index (ICC) 2021, published by the Chief Investment Office GWM of UBS, analyzes the long-term growth potential of the various Swiss cantons. Which cantons show the best long-term competitiveness? Has the coronavirus crisis had an influence? In 6th place, the canton of Vaud shows as highly competitive.


The FIT launches a new programme for start-ups in the food, nutrition and hospitality sectors

With the launch of a Food & Hospitality Vertical, the Foundation for Technological Innovation (FIT) is for the first time implementing field-specific support for start-ups. The Food & Hospitality Vertical includes two programmes: FIT Food & Hospitality by EHL for digital start-ups (previously known as FIT Digital by EHL and launched in 2019) and the new FIT Food Tech, launched in association with Nestlé, aiming to foster collaboration and investment between food-industry and early-stage tech start-ups in the local innovation ecosystem. B’ZEOS is the first start-up to take part in the FIT Food Tech.


Combioxin signs licensing agreement with Eagle Pharmaceuticals

Based at the Biopôle in Lausanne, and supported by FIT and Innovaud, the biotech company Combioxin is developing CAL02, a new antitoxin agent for the treatment of severe pneumonia. Eagle Pharmaceuticals is a player committed to the launch and commercialization of innovative therapies in the field of acute hospital care. Under this agreement, Eagle will be solely responsible for further clinical development of CAL02.


Interview: Yann Tissot, CEO of the Vaud-based scale-up L.E.S.S.

L.E.S.S. SA (Light Efficient Systems) offers versatile lighting solutions – the company strives to develop safe, bright, and innovative products. The unique nano-active fibre technology created by L.E.S.S is a proven disruptive alternative to LED technology, setting a new standard of lighting quality. Interview:


"Promoting exchanges and synergies, for even more added value"

[Life Sciences] We are happy to be part of the series of testimonials to celebrate the 20 years of the BioAlps association. Discover our vision, the trends and the dynamism of the life sciences sector in the canton of Vaud!


Strong Network’s collaboration platform helps keep companies’ IP safe

[Portrait] The Vaud-based cybersecurity startup Strong Network is about to release the SaaS version of its intellectual property protection platform for SMEs, startups and large companies. Strong Network is now a member of the SDIA, which is working to build a European cloud. It has also entered the Google Startup program. We interviewed its co-founder Laurent Balmelli about his company and projects.