Climate change, pollution, and the deterioration of ecosystems are problems that are part of our daily lives nowadays. Throughout the world, the development of solutions to reduce the consumption of natural resources and limit greenhouse gas emissions is intensifying. The global cleantech market is worth 2,500 billion euros, with an annual average growth rate of 10.6% over the past 10 years, and it is expected to continue to progress at a rate of 6.5% per annum until 2025.
The canton of Vaud has been active in dealing with these issues for a number of years now via such companies as Leclanché (energy storage solutions) and Romande Energie (development of renewable energies and energy efficiency), as well as being involved with innovative projects such as Bertrand Piccard’s famous SolarImpulse solar aircraft.
In Western Switzerland, the cleantech cluster CleantechAlps is committed to promoting the sector. It helps to support and network companies involved, at the same time integrating the research institutes that are active in cleantech. The EPFL’s environment sciences and engineering faculty and the Ecotechnology faculty at the HEIG-VD in particular are a breeding ground for cutting-edge knowledge and indeed experts. Plenty of start-ups are also emerging in the cleantech sector, most notably in innovative fields such as agritech and smart grids.
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Founded in 1890 in Lausanne, Switzerland, BOBST is one of the world's leading suppliers of equipment and services for substrate processing, printing and converting for the label, flexible packaging, folding carton and corrugated industries. The business unit is present in more than 50 countries, has 14 production sites in 8 countries and employs more than 5,600 people worldwide.
Merck develops advanced treatments in the canton of Vaud. Now, the German multinational plans to expand its production capacity in the region.
Fondée en février 2018, Largo Films a pour objectif de mettre l’innovation technologique au service de l’industrie du cinéma. La start-up vaudoise a développé LargoAI, un puissant programme d'intelligence artificielle, piloté par les données, capables de comprendre les ingrédients d'un film et de prédire la réaction du public à chaque partie. L’outil peut être introduit très tôt dans la vie d'un film afin d’aider à l’améliorer, à chaque étape de son développement.
Alp ICT met Raphaël Conz, Head of the Business Unit at SPEI (Service for the promotion of the economy and innovation) for the canton of Vaud, at the heart of the Ateliers de Renens,
Passionate about innovation and entrepreneurship, discover in this video interview, his vision of the major challenges of the 21st century and the tools for companies to increase the success of their projects.
After receiving a 2.5 million euro grant, the SwissDeCode startup, based at UniverCité - Renens, has just had its project selected as part of the European EIT Food programme dedicated to the fight against COVID-19. A total of 13 projects have been validated, for a budget of 6.17 million euros.
Innovation happens where business,design, and tech meet. Innovation Today is the biggest innovation event in Switzerland with the legends Alexander Osterwalder, Jake Knapp, Yves Pigneur! They will share real-life stories, case studies, practical tools and methods that inspire thousands of innovation leaders and the world's most innovative companies.
SwissTech Convention Center
For the very first time, the 22nd Swiss Economic Forum (SEF) will take place in Vaud. Over the years, this national event has established itself as THE conference for Swiss economic decision-makers. Renowned for its high quality and world-class speakers, more than 1,350 decision-makers from business, politics, science and the media meet here every year.
Let’s AIM FOR THE IMPOSSIBLE together to achieve the extraordinary. Raphaël Domjan, initiator and pilot of SolarStratos, will take you on a journey sharing his endeavor to reach the edge of space on a solar-powered plane. We will discuss the importance of pushing boundaries during wingsuit flying and we shall hear about what it takes to lead a global space mission. Join the digital Investment Summit during the morning session 09.00 – 11.00 am and the afternoon session 16.00 – 18.00 pm.