Two Simple Terms That Will Help You Achieve What You Truly Want

Programship – Top Ten SwissCup Project

Congratulations and high five to Programship as a startup projects, being evaluated as one of the Top Ten Startup Projects that holds its position in the final pitching of the December 6 event of Swiss StartCup 2017 competition.

What Made You Go On?

When we look back in our process of producing Programship, we often saw the team at the dinner table, in the living room, on the grey sofa, or on the train to another city. The steps to build up a startup that is worthy of attention is never an easy job. The even more difficult part is the overwhelming workload from the startup when you are still working full-time at your daily job!

We got asked several times by people: “What keep you guys going?”

“We love it. ”

“You love it?” The person frowned, “Come on, be generous. Seriously, what made you go on?”

“We believe it.”

We are not joking. Love or belief may sound a broad term for you to actually buy our sayings. Because we are pretty sure that a lot of people are expecting more practical tips, which can pave a road for them to follow. But if you understand what these two terms embrace, you will show me your “Aha” face.


The love towards a project, a startup, cannot be bought. It is quite common sense, isn’t it? But if you survey or interview people who are working as employees in the world “Do you love what you are doing?”,  most of them will awkwardly nod, or bitterly shake head, or remain silent pondering on the question. Very rare that the job is a match for the person who is doing it.

But why? One, when people are being interviewed for a job they often oversell to compete. Two, continuous promotions will eventually made a preson sit in the position that does not suit him anymore.

So, let’s face the brutal fact that when you try very hard to fit in, you only end up being an unhappy person, who yourself do not recognize anymore. Break it free!

Startups, like any hobby, allow people to play with their dreams, their true desires, their real passions. They often start with a “TRUE LOVE” to experiment, fail, experiment, fail, on and on, till they taste the sweet success.

I cannot help comparing having fun with a startup to having fun with writing a book, in the case of myself. My mom joked that even the person selling curtains earns much more than a writer. God knows that this is not exaggerating. But why do I still stay late or get up early to type on my laptop and forget the whole world and even myself?

Because I love it.

Even nobody is paying for what I am offering, I simply feel amazing to do what I am doing. Even there are so many critics about what I am offering, I just cannot give up what I have to do – no matter it is a startup project or a book. The reason to not stop doing it is very simple – it is a feeling that this creation brings to me, regardless the feelings of another existence. Full stop.

In general, opting for doing something you love can make a profound difference in future. Most of the common tasks are being done by machines. We have less and less utility as human beings. For this reason what we love is more important than anything else. Only when you love something you can perfect it to the best of your capabilities. and perhaps do it better than the machine, for a while. we spend every day 8 to 12 hours working if you do something you hate, but you do it for the money, that can lead to illness. so, following your dreams is not only a happy but also a healthy choice.


Besides Love, Belief is the most valuable thing inside human beings, which allow them to approach the perfection. When you believe, you can achieve. It might sound cheesy. But it is true.

Believe in three things:

  • Yourself
  • Your teammates
  • The  meaning behind such effort

Believe that you are the right person to do what you are doing. That is why the seed of that idea fell in your brain (instead of others’) and grew like plants in your body, your mind, and your blood. Believe you are capable of learning how to do things, how to solve problems, how to convince, and how to persuade. Anything you need to realize your passion and love, you are capable of having it. Believe that deeply, without a doubt. Sometimes, the resources may come in another way unexpectedly. But they come and that is important to you.

Believe that your teammates will do their jobs, and complimenting you like pieces binding each other in a puzzle box. But before believing so, carefully select who to be your teammates. Because you need some persons, who are:

  • trustworthy
  • with a mutual love of each other
  • capable of achieving things
  • of shared visions
  • ethical

Yep, selecting teammates is like picking life partners sometimes. Do it with your eyes wide open. Once your selection is done, and they are willing to work with you days and nights without thinking about money or paybacks, it is time to believe them blindly. You just go on doing your part and leave the rest to your teammates.

Third, believe in the meaning behind such efforts of you and your teammates. If you work simply for money and nothing else, you probably need to dig deeper. Because money as a measurement of happiness is shortsighted. Many people find motivation from more meaningful sources and the money is there only to support their activity. For example, Programship aims to bridge global education programs and international students who are ambitious and passionate to study abroad. The meaning of our efforts is to achieve a great communication between education providers and education consumers. So keep this on your mind, thus when the hard time comes, because of the deep grounding to your meaningful belief, you will never stay on the muddy ground for long but will always raise from your knees and fight back on your feet.

Some Take-Aways

At the end of this article, I would like to share with you some practical tips – finally – for you to take away:

  1. The reason to not stop doing it is very simple – it is a feeling that this creation brings to me, regardless the feelings of another existence. Full stop.
  2. Believe that you are the right person to do what you are doing.
  3. Believe that your teammates will do their jobs, and compromising you like pieces binding each other in a puzzle box.
  4. Believe in the meaning behind such efforts of you and your teammates.

May God bless you to achieve whatever you want to achieve with Love and Belief.

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Programship in the Intermediate Event of the Cantonal Accelerator

On 28 September 2017, the Intermediate Event of the Cantonal Accelerator, the coaching program for selected projects within the StartCup Ticino, at the Auditorium Suglio in Manno, was held to discuss the progress of the acceleration program.

The 25 teams have met with organizers on developing their own idea and on the contents of the accelerator, emphasizing how the valuable contribution received by their coaches “will be useful not only for the selection of StartCup Ticino but above all for the continuation and success of the” whole business project “commented one of the participants. The coaching program is in fact an important investment for tomorrow’s companies who develop their idea in Ticino.

During the event, the coach and team were freely confronted with the most important aspects of the acceleration path. “The presence of professionals and experts in the field has allowed us to identify areas of improvement in our project that we would not be able to detect,” said Stefano D’Albora, promoter of Playtrip project on the acceleration path. “An external point of view has certainly helped us improve our presentation skills,” added Eliana Esposito, part of the team.

At the beginning of the event hosted Luca Boschin, CEO of LogoGrab, a company specializing in the recognition of logos and images today located in Dublin and New York but who started his own adventure in Lugano with the support of CP Start -Up. One of the issues most discussed and underscored by the CEO of LogoGrab is how passion for their work and the ability to self-criticize and confront with the outside are the first prerequisite for a successful project.

The next steps of the Ticino Start-Cup

The Canton Accelerator will end on October 26, 2017, after which the 10 semifinalists of StartCup Ticino 2017 will be selected and will be evaluated by the National Jury to identify the 5 startups that will enter the final event of December 6, 2017. The 5 finalists will have the opportunity to participate in the third edition of the Swiss Venture Day Ticino where they will present their project to potential investors.

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Programship Joins the First STARTCUP Ticino Accelerator Program

Startcup Ticino is ready to start the three-month acceleration program, a first of its kind in Ticino, with 25 startups selected from the first round of application. The startups will have the opportunity to share their experiences and transform the idea in a concrete business project.StartCup Ticino (link is external) is a competition for new and innovative business ideas or projects conceived or realized in the Canton Ticino. This year, the competition introduced an intensive acceleration program for the selected

StartCup Ticino is a competition for new and innovative business ideas or projects conceived or realized in the Canton Ticino. This year, the competition introduced an intensive acceleration program for the selected early-stage startups from the first round of the competition. The program aims at fostering the culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in Ticino.

The Jury of the program has selected 25 startups to join the program, based on the criteria of market potential, team composition, degree of innovation and the possible impact on the territory in terms of employment and investment. Upon completion of the program on 26 October, the startups will present their achievements in a pitch event. The StartCup commission will nominate ten projects to submit to the National Jury of the StartCup Ticino.

And among the 25 startups,  Programship has been listed as a social innovative platform selling global university admission information and guide to China market.

The other selected Startups include:

The selected startups for the accelerator program are:

Arca24 HR Software Solutions(link is external): a bot that automatically makes jobs interview reducing the time for recruitment

GPV Advanced Research(link is external): use art virtual modeling to describe the physics and the mechanisms of chemical reaction at process conditions.

myAlbatros:(link is external) is an app that allows users to easily find lost items. The user gives any objects a digital identity through a small code applied to the product.

Playtrip(link is external): a mobile app that provides users with a new travel experience through storytelling method.

PranzUfficio(link is external): providing healthy and fresh food for the lunch at the work place

Swissponic(link is external): an urban farming system that allows growing healthy vegetables in a little space at home

Wash My Pants(link is external): provide a transparent and extremely service that connects high skilled housekeepers and people seeking for a fast and reliable laundry service

WaterInstructor(link is external): a platform that connect water sport fans wiling to learn with other water sport fans willing to teach

NextPark: an app that automatically detect free parking spot through specific sensors

Beepro: an innovative tool for monitoring the activity of bees in a bee hive

BigOmics Analytics: a cloud analytics platform for big data in next-generation genomics field.

Blockchain Health Record: create a personal health identity using blockchain technologies

Clemap: transform energy data in value by carrying information from energy provider to the customer

COD: an intelligent knowledge sharing platform about interests, passion or expertise

Dicronis: a point-of-care lymphatic activity tracker featuring a microneedles-covered patch and a wearable detector

EcoFire GG77: an innovative and eco-friendly organic flame retardant

Emporio Paese: a platform that easily grant market access to local producers

EXEAD: new solutions for mucosal vaccines

Higher performance competition gliders

KERO: smart portable music player

Lighteye: an economic and reliable flying platform for multiple applications.

Modula. A small footprint for collecting health information and simplify diagnostics processes

Smart Water Skimmer: an automatic garbage collector for large water surfaces

Teach Me!: a cheaper and most effective tutoring system for university students

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