Nutrition and food technologies

Personalized nutrition, functional foods, robotized agriculture: tomorrow's food is served in the canton of Vaud

With a strong agricultural tradition, the canton of Vaud saw the agri-food sector develop over a century ago, with the creation of Nestlé in Vevey in 1905. The region also benefits from a strong industrial tradition, complemented by a strong spirit of innovation, enabling the companies it hosts to design and produce new solutions to meet today’s needs and anticipate the challenges of the future.

Products from the Vaud food industry are exported worldwide. In addition to the large-scale trade in foodstuffs, the canton of Vaud has several important players in the research and development of new products. Academic institutes, including the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), or the EHL Hospitality Management School, are working on future oriented challenges.

For Stefan Palzer, CTO of Nestlé, “Switzerland is home to a unique innovation ecosystem for food and nutrition. Together, we can more effectively address global challenges such as delicious, nutritious and affordable food for all, sustainable packaging, and climate change mitigation.” In light of this, the canton of Vaud, EPFL, EHL and Nestlé joined forces in 2020 to develop and promote an innovative food and nutrition ecosystem worldwide, under the initiative "Swiss Food and Nutrition Valley".
 

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Our success stories

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.

Swissquote

Swissquote is the leading online bank in Switzerland. Since 1997, the company has distinguished itself by offering access to world class financial services to the broadest possible public.

Sunstar

This Japanese group which is active in consumer goods, in particular oral hygiene products, established premises at the Littoral Parc in Etoy in 2009. The similarities between Switzerland and Japan were one of the reasons why the company chose to set up its head-quarters on the shores of Lake Geneva.

News and events

1/30/2023

Twelve fast-growing startup founders join the second edition of the LeadiNNg to Scale Up program

Twelve high-tech companies from a variety of industries have been selected to participate in the second round of the LeadiNNg to Scale-Up program, which kicked off on 25 January 2023 at IMD. A joint initiative of IMD and Innovaud, the program is designed to propel tech companies from promising startups to fast-growing, international scale-ups. As a novelty in 2023, the program opened its doors not only to Vaud-based ventures, but also to Swiss and international projects.

1/26/2023

Startups in Vaud raised CHF 548.6 million in 2022, with more exits than ever before

Swiss startups pulled in CHF 4 billion in venture capital from investors in 2022, up from CHF 3 billion in 2021. Over the same period, young tech firms based in Vaud raised CHF 548.6 million. The growth trend observed in previous years continued despite challenging conditions worldwide. In 2022, more startups in Vaud completed exits than ever before, with 13 young tech firms taken over by private companies.