The Agropôle research campus joins Vaud’s network of technology parks

At Agropôle, scientists, entrepreneurs and agribusinesses work together to develop sustainable solutions for the food industry. Today the campus was officially added to the list of Vaud technology parks as part of an initiative spearheaded by Innovaud. This new addition further expands the hosting opportunities that Vaud can offer to local high-tech businesses and gives the region an established R&D hub for agritech and foodtech innovation in Switzerland.

Agropôle, located in Molondin in the northern part of Vaud, is built on a stretch of farmland cultivated by a family enterprise since 1600. The land has since been donated to the Agropôle venture and turned into a research campus where companies develop, test and market technology for sustainable food systems.

The campus has 35,000 m2 of rentable property including industrial space, offices, workshops and greenhouses for research and development, along with some 85 hectares of farmland for pilot projects. Agropôle is a one-of-a-kind idea incubator designed to promote farm-to-table initiatives. The campus plans to construct a new building for showcasing its innovations, which should be ready by 2023.

“Today, our technology parks serve as a tightly-knit network of skills and innovation for stimulating business development, fueling our local economy, and creating jobs within our canton. Having Agropôle as part of our Food Valley broadens the range of capabilities we can offer,” says Philippe Leuba, Head of the Vaud Department of Economy, Innovation and Sport (DEIS).

Patrick Barbey, the president of Innovaud, says: “Today’s consumers want their food to be environmentally responsible, and that’s where Agropôle comes in. Vaud businesses can use the campus to develop innovative products and services along the entire food-industry value chain that are sustainable, ethical and of a high quality. Having the campus as part of our network of technology parks will enhance the attractiveness of our canton, both within Switzerland and internationally.”

Alain Schacher, the president of Agropôle, notes: “We’re proud and honored to join Innovaud as one of Vaud’s technology parks alongside other organizations we admire, yet with a unique focus on sustainable agriculture. And I am happy to see this kind of recognition being given to a research campus like ours and to sustainability-oriented innovation in general. I’d also like to highlight the years of hard work put in by the family behind Agropôle in order to give life to their ethics and vision.”

A nutrition and food ecosystem that’s unique in Switzerland

Agropôle is part of Vaud’s bustling ecosystem composed of companies and R&D centers studying advanced methods for nutrition and food technologies. Organizations in the ecosystem include Agroscope de Changins, HEIG-VD, EPFL, Nestlé, EHL’s Innovation Village, and the Swiss Food & Nutrition Valley, of which Agropôle is a member.

About Agropôle

The Agropôle research campus is a unique hub for R&D in sustainable agriculture and food systems. It aims to accelerate innovation and technological development by forming an active community of players across the food industry with the goal of implementing responsible solutions for farmers and consumers. The campus, comprising 35,000 m2 of buildable space along with land for pilot projects, brings together a vast network of food producers, agribusinesses, service providers and innovators.