Precision Engineering

To act big, first think small

The canton of Vaud has a long tradition of expertise in miniaturization and micro-mechanics, which is now being extended to around a dozen sectors of activity such as the manufacturing of industrial machinery and medical technologies. Research centers and businesses in Vaud also lead the way in robotics, aerospace, metrology, and drones. More traditional sectors such as watch manufacturing are not being left behind either. Timepieces made by Blancpain, Audemars Piguet, and Jaeger Lecoultre – all companies established in the canton – are today sold around the globe.

Swiss products enjoy a reputation for quality the world over, which means that "Swiss made" is a foundation on which activities and products with high added value can be developed, and many foreign businesses choose Switzerland and the canton of Vaud for this very reason.

The success of companies in the canton can be attributed in no small part to the presence of cutting-edge research institutes at the EPFL and the HEIG-VD. Partners willing to support businesses are positioning themselves specifically in this field, with a prime example being the Technopôle de Sainte-Croix, which is the national center of excellence in micro-soldering.

The canton of Vaud is investing heavily in highly innovative fields such as additive manufacturing, 3D printing, and industrial design, with the latter being a rapidly growing pole of innovation.

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Our success stories

Parker Hannifin

For over a century, Parker Hannifin has contributed to technological advances that create a better world. With its Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) headquarters in the Canton of Vaud, the US conglomerate offers solutions in a broad range of markets and industrial applications.

Swissto12

Swissto12 has firmly established its position as a promising startup<br />in the aerospace and satellite industry thanks to its innovative 3D<br />printing technology.

Flyability

Plus sûrs, plus rapides et moins coûteux: les drones de la start-up<br />vaudoise Flyability ont conquis le marché de la vérification d’installations difficiles d’accès.

News and events

9/21/2021

Micronora

This highly targeted exhibition brings together the entire microtechnology sector and offers a very broad multi-technology offering, ranging from R&D to subcontracting to production technologies.

Besançon, France

5/31/2021

EarlySight announces the closing of a CHF 2.3 million seed funding round

The start-up, which was founded in March 2019, uses a novel approach to provide a single cell level imaging of the back of the eye, called the retina. Its technology combines hardware and software to propose a unique medical device that can observe the cells affected at early-stage of the most prevalent retinal diseases.

2/25/2021

Akselos: the revolution of digital simulators

Reducing computer calculations usually requiring several months to a few hours is the goal of the Swiss scale-up company Akselos, which develops software dedicated to the maintenance of technical infrastructures (article in French).

News

6/17/2021

3 Vaud based startups at the International Mobile Startup Pitchfest

Innovaud will be present as a partner of venturelab at the International Mobile Startup Pitchfest 2021, on June 30 in Barcelona. The virtual event will present 10 Swiss startups, the "Venture Leaders Mobile", who will compete against 10 Spanish startups in a pitch competition, in front of international investors. Three of the young Swiss companies are from Vaud: Biospectal, GenomSys and Perovskia. Register now to this event!

6/16/2021

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.

Events

6/23/2021

Startup Days 21

New things are created when people come together and get involved with drive. This is what the startup days promote and thus make an active contribution to the evolvement of the Swiss startup ecosystem as well as to the innovative and competitiveness of Switzerland.

Kursaal (BE) + Online

9/21/2021

Micronora

This highly targeted exhibition brings together the entire microtechnology sector and offers a very broad multi-technology offering, ranging from R&D to subcontracting to production technologies.

Besançon, France

9/27/2021

GlobalTech Summit

Technology in daily life, in business and in science; this will be the leitmotiv of the GlobalTech Summit 2020 ! Technology has the potential to change lives not only in developing countries but also in our modern Society. That’s why the Summit aims to provide to all influencers, c-level actors, whatever the ecosystem, the latest trends in technological world.

Beau-Rivage Palace, Lausanne