Four new firms entered Innovaud’s Scale Up Vaud initiative in June 2018, increasing the community to 25 members in total. The newcomers are BlueBotics, ecoRobotix, Nanolive and Objectis. Aged between 3 and 15 years, the Scale Up Vaud companies share a steady growth at the Swiss and international level. They also generate 28% new jobs worldwide every year. All of them contribute to strengthening the visibility of the Canton of Vaud’s innovation hub.
Launched in 2016 by Innovaud, the Scale Up Vaud initiative and label is designed to support the expansion of high-growth and innovative firms based in the Canton of Vaud, which for many made their debuts as startups. The 4 newcomers generated 70 new jobs altogether in Switzerland since their start (16 in 2017). This brings the total of new jobs created by the 25 scale-up worldwide to 1370, out of which 1031 are based in Switzerland.
“The Scale Up companies represent all domains of innovation, as well as every region of the Canton of Vaud”, says Patrick Barbey, Director of Innovaud. “They are also champions in bringing new and life-changing products on the market, and are raising millions with leading investors to make their dream a reality”.
For example, the new Scale Up Vaud company ecoRobotix, based at Y-Parc, raised CHF 10.6 million in May 2018 with European industry leaders to bring its weeding robots on the global market, and help farmers produce healthier food with a more efficient and sustainable use of herbicides. “For us, Scale Up Vaud is an important label supporting our growth objectives”, explains Aurélien G. Demaurex, CEO and co-founder of ecoRobotix. “We are also looking forward to sharing our experience with other high-growth firms’ founders”. For Christopher Bouzas, founder of Objectis, “Scale Up Vaud is a label of quality, which acknowledges all the efforts made so far to secure and empower our customers in their digital transformation”.
The new Scale Up Vaud companies at a glance