Let’s innovate together

Translating an innovation into a commercial success requires teamwork involving a number of different players: research, finance, development, consulting, infrastructure, production, marketing, and so on.

In all of these fields, the canton of Vaud features specialist organisations capable of providing assistance and facilitating access to key resources and partners. This support for innovation effectively rounds out underlying conditions that are particularly favourable to the development and implementation of technological innovations (see “Competence clusters”, “Research centres”, “Cooperation with industry” and “Business incubators and technology parks”).

Organisations actively supporting the development of innovation projects in the canton of Vaud:

  • The CTI (Commission for Technology and Innovation), the federal agency tasked with promoting innovation and applied research. Its creed is “Science to Market”. Active throughout Switzerland, the CTI pursues four objectives: it co-finances R&D projects geared to the market, managed jointly by companies and universities. Secondly, it supports the establishment and development of companies with strong growth potential; with its “Venturelab” initiative, it promotes the entrepreneurial spirit by offering highly practical coaching and education programmes. Thirdly, the CTI promotes the transfer of knowledge and technology between companies and universities. Fourthly, and finally, it is involved in international R&D programmes in order to facilitate access and participation for Swiss partners.
  • The AIT (an association promoting innovation and technology) provides technical, financial and partnership solutions that help to develop companies in the canton of Vaud. Above all, it is aimed at start-up, SMEs and manufacturing industry. The AIT is closely linked with Platinn, a French-speaking network of support and coaching for technological enterprises, acting as its agent in the canton of Vaud.

In addition, organisations like the Vaud Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CVCI) and the Centre Patronal provide effective services to assist the creation of new companies.