Our agency is the partner of foreign companies wishing to set up in Switzerland, in the canton of Vaud. With more than 2,000 high-tech companies and 50,000 direct jobs, numerous universities, centers of higher education and research centers, our canton forms a living ecosystem, strongly connected locally and internationally, and focused on people. The talents, multiculturalism, political and economic stability, companies and skills of our region make it a unique innovation hub for those who wish to establish their headquarters, a site for production, research or R&D and create new jobs, right in the heart of Europe.

Many international companies trust us and have established themselves in our region. Each year, we meet entrepreneurs from around the world to assess their needs and guide them in their implementation process and their innovation projects, in a region where entrepreneurship is valued and supported. Once established, foreign companies contribute to the multiculturalism and the economy of our country. We take care of the practical aspects of their installation and the establishment of their activities.

Our "invest" services at a glance

We offer foreign businesses our experience, expertise and knowledge of the region and of the local economic context. 

In detail, our agency offers the following tailor made service:

  • Support for companies in the assessment of our region as a potential site for their activities

  • Orientation, procedures related to an installation on the Vaud soil, privileged contacts with local institutions

  • Help with choosing a site, land, offices, premises, buildings, for example at the Vaud techno parks 

  • Guidance in choosing the best form of business when setting up the company. Entirely managed internally, this service makes it possible to optimize existing aid

  • Support in procedures within the public administration for questions related to residence and work permits, in collaboration with the Employment Office (SDE) and the Population Service (SPOP), or for obtaining public financial aid, e.g. from the Economic Affairs and Innovation (SPEI) 

  • Support in tax exemption, surety and bank interest management procedures. The purpose of this aid consists in particular in making the link between the various public services, both at the level of the municipality, as well as the canton and the Confederation

  • Connection with the appropriate financial, academic and industrial partners. We provide companies with a large network of references and contacts, in Switzerland and abroad, on the political, administrative or banking levels. Over the years, Innovaud has been building a large network worldwide

  • The information and advice offered by Innovaud may also relate to more personal areas, such as the choice of accommodation, a school for children or the discovery of the multiple cultural and sporting possibilities offered in the canton.


Strategic map of the canton of Vaud

Handbook for investors

The handbook provides information on the most important aspects of Switzerland as a modern and innovative business and technology location. It contains information on topics such as economic structure, establishing a company, taxes, innovative technologies, the labor market, work permits, and legal matters.

Why invest in the canton of Vaud

At the crossroads of the world

The region has a glowing global reputation, in particular thanks to the various international events that are organized there.

Center of innovation

The canton of Vaud is a leading European hub in terms of technology and innovation, most notably in research and development.

Qualified workforce

Thanks to its education and professional training system, the canton of Vaud has an extensive workforce that is qualified and often multilingual.

Our success stories


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 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.


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.