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.
Swiss-based startup Miraex has joined the IBM Q Network, which is a global community of Fortune 500 companies, academic institutions, startups and national research labs working
with IBM to advance quantum computing and explore practical applications.
Insolight is part of the ambitious consortium Hiperion, in which
the European Union invested 10 million euros. The Vaud based startups is Switzerland's 10th best startup in 2020.
The annual Swiss medtech day brings together various payers in the medical technology industry to discover and discuss new trends in the industry. A wide range of activities including poster sessions, award ceremony and networking awaits the visitors.
For the 3rd consecutive year, Biopôle SA and Salus Partners are joining forces to organize this annual international meeting of industry leaders, entrepreneurs and investors active in the field of oncology.
Free tickets for PME & Startups
The Forum of 100, organized by Le Temps, is a platform for debate and networking based on an annual conference led by quality speakers. It aims to promote the economic dynamism and creativity that are characteristic of the French-speaking region. For a full day, the guests discuss issues that are essential to Switzerland's future. The theme of the 2020 edition: "The Swiss in the face of artificial intelligence". The online launch of the program and the opening of registrations will take place at the beginning of March. In the meantime, you can discover the portraits of the "100 personalities who make up French-speaking Switzerland".