Jóvenes con Futuro gives recently graduate Spanish Software Engineers the chance to develop their technical and entrepreneurial skills by leading the experience of working in a startup for at least six months in Silicon Valley or New York.
The program was created by Bernardo Hernandez, an important Spanish entrepreneur, in 2011 to give professional opportunities to Spanish talented developers in the U.S. Jóvenes con Futuro is sponsored by Fundación Rafael del Pino and Fundación Banco Sabadell, and administered by StepOne.
What is “Jóvenes con Futuro”?
We are looking for the best technical people in Spain through our selection process to join Jóvenes con Futuro
Paid internships. Work at a startup in the San Francisco Bay Area or New York City for a minimum of six months
The program manages legal contracts, visa processing and health insurance for participants
Be part of the community of Jóvenes con Futuro, live in the worldwide heart of the technology and grow your professional network
How the selection process works
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Complete and submit your application, where you will be asked to answer a few questions about your background, experience, projects… You will need to upload your resume and a 1-minute video (optional but highly valued!) introducing yourself. Be creative!
Soon after that, you will receive a link to complete a coding exercise online.
If your coding exercise is successful and you meet the requirements, the StepOne team will interview you (online) to address and assess your motivations, interests, expectations and, extremely important, how you communicate in English. If you meet the profile requirements, you will have an online technical interview with one of our previous participants of Jóvenes con Futuro on a one-to-one basis.
If the technical interview is successful, the Jóvenes con Futuro team will assess your entire application and will decide if you are one of the finalists. If that is the case, your resume will be shared and matched with startups based in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City looking for skills like yours. In case of finding a match, the startup(s) will interview you (online) and will decide if you look like a good fit.
Once the interview(s) with the company is successful and they extend a job offer (and you accept it), StepOne will help you with your J-1 visa and health insurance processing. After you get it approved, you are ready to come to the U.S.!
Internships are planned to start as soon as you get your J-1 visa.
Requirements you should meet:
Extra points we value:
Meet our alumni:
Before moving to the Bay Area, Álvaro worked as a Software Engineer at Quintas Energy, a backoffice and asset management firm in the renewal energy sector with clients around the world. He also co-founded a startup headquartered in Seville called Laitit.
Now he is currently Full Stack engineer part of the engineering team at Entytle in Palo Alto.
Álvaro loves photography and video games. His new goal now is to learn something new everyday and challenge himself as much as possible!
Antonio now lives in Mountain View and is working at Entytle, a company that help big manufacturers increase their aftermarket revenue using Big Data and Machine Learning technics.
He loves traveling and learning facts about different cultures as well as trying different kinds of food, or cooking it himself when his favorite dishes are not available nearby. He also loves boardgames such as Catan, Zombicide or Mansions of Madness and experimental videogames such as Jackbox Party Pack or RimWorld.
Along with some friends Julio co-founded a startup a few years ago, they built a kind of software that is still being used by thousands of people who love sports. He also lived abroad for a year, in The Netherlands, while he worked in an international team and strengthen his English skills.
Julio is currently living in Cambridge, Boston, and is working at Turo - the Airbnb of cars- as an iOS developer learning from an awesome team.
In his free time, he is visiting all the breweries to find the best beer of the state and looking for a warm place to play soccer. Other than sports, he also loves traveling and can't wait to discover new places now that he lives in the States!
After finishing his undergraduate studies, Eduardo got a MSc in Neurotechnology at Imperial College in London, where he conducted research in brain-computer interfaces and Machine Learning for neural decoding. After graduating, he joined Koniku, an IndieBio startup conducting computational neuroscience research. He then moved back to the UK to first intern at NaturalMotion in Oxford and then worked as a Data Scientist for a quant hedge fund in London.
Eduardo is currently working at Directly in San Francisco, developing chatbots for customer support automation.
His work paid off and he started working at FacileThings right after his graduation. There he developed its mobile app from scratch. However, since he was working alone and wanted to maximize his growth, he joined Flywire. Rubén spent two years at that company and his knowledge about software development grew exponentially.
Rubén started looking for new challenges, he is now living in San Francisco and working at BetterDoctor. He is figuring out how things work in the city where many tech companies have started.
His dream is starting his own company someday.
Before moving to San Francisco, she collaborated with a research group at University of Seville and took part in different software projects with small start-ups. Currently, Rocio works at Expensify, a company that develops a tool for expense report management, receipt tracking, and business travel. Literally, expense reports that don’t suck!
She loves discovering amazing and new places; loves playing video games, and she would try to keep herself active, joining any plan that comes up, indoors or outdoors. Rocio hardly ever says no to any good adventure.
Alvaro now lives in San Francisco, where he works as a mobile developer at Ebates, a shopping portal offering coupons and cash back from thousands of retailers.
He subsequently studied there a Msc. in Software Technologies, in collaboration with the RWTH Aachen University in Germany.
José Manuel is now working at Ebates in San Francisco, a shopping portal that offers coupons and cash back from online retailers.
Carlos now lives in New York, where he works as a full-stack developer at Thinkful, a company that is building an online school that combines the effectiveness of face-to-face learning with the accessibility of online education.
Before moving to San Francisco she worked as IT Manager at the European Business and Innovation Center of Burgos for almost 3 years. There she had the chance to support Spanish IT entrepreneurs and organize national tech events and worldwide hackathons. She currently works as Software Engineer at Turo, a peer-to-peer car rental marketplace based in San Francisco.
Yolanda supports the role of women working in technology and is part of the group ‘tech&ladies’. She loves traveling, getting immersed in other cultures and learning languages. She enjoys reading mystery and crime books.
He currently lives in San Francisco and works as a Data Engineer at Ebates, a cashback website headquartered in SF.
Passionate in everything he does, he loves having deep technical discussions around code abstraction as much as having a big cup of coffee in the mornings.
He worked at Vestas developing small applications; then he worked at BQ, where he was able to learn how to work in Software professionally. Jorge now lives in New York City working as a full stack developer at Splash, a company that helps to create beautiful websites for your events.
Fun fact: Jorge enjoys having dinner with his friends, playing table-tennis or padle and going out for dancing or to sing in a karaoke.
During his work experience he has worked in different research groups and companies in Valencia and Madrid where he has acquired different programming skills and knowledge about several areas like genetics or banking.
Carlos is currently working as a Software Engineer at Ebates, in San Diego, a pioneer company of online cash back shopping. This is a great opportunity to improve his skills and knowledge in software development.
Fun fact: He has begun to surf this year, so he found another reason to love the San Diego area.
He defines himself as an active and proactive person. He has always wanted to live abroad and loves adventure sports such as climbing and canyoning.
As an interesting fact: Esaú is scared of comfort zones; “adventure is out there” is his favorite quote.
Before moving to the Bay Area, Carlos worked at minube, a cool startup located in Madrid and well known in the Spanish startup scene. It allowed him to gain the skills that helped him jump to this new experience.
Carlos is currently a backend developer at Turo, a peer-to-peer car rental marketplace based in San Francisco.
Fun fact: Carlos loves basketball, and supports Golden State Warriors. He crosses the Bay Bridge to see them play whenever he can.
Before moving to San Francisco, he spent two years working in a startup in London named BridgeU. He is currently working at Quri, a company that provides big brands with analytics.
Fun fact: Antonio spends most of his free time surfing and playing the guitar.
He currently lives in Redwood City and works for Intelygenz Inc., offering services from computer vision to multi platform applications to companies such as Vodafone and BBVA in the Silicon Valley.
Since it’s his first experience in the USA, he’s always up for any trip to visit the country, preferably long road trips.
He is working as a WordPress developer at Moxie, in New York City. This opportunity has allowed him to work on what he likes and also living new experiences abroad.
Fun Fact: He loves playing guitar, he hasn’t played it for ages though.
Bitcoin enthusiast, Alfonso loves the web, good security practices and dynamically typed languages. He also loves travelling and surfing and is currently working at Quri as a Software Engineer intern.
He is a keen traveler, and loves the asian cuisine and culture. He has spend a couple of month in Japan and South Korea, and move to SF on late 2015.
He is an Android developer at Turo, a peer-to-peer car rental marketplace.
Fun fact: César loves traveling and he has always wanted to move to a city where he can surf on a daily basis.
He is currently working at Elevate, an outstanding startup based in San Francisco with an homonimous app awarded Apple’s iPhone App of the year 2014.
Fun Fact: Eduardo likes hanging out with friends, loves food and animals and enjoys travelling.
He’s currently a software engineer at Groupon -which acquired Swarm Mobile- focusing on POS integration through Rest API.
Nicolás currently helps RelayRides become the best peer-to-peer car rental marketplace in the world.
Abel now lives in Mountain View, and is working at Entytle, a company that, using software analytics and machine learning, helps B2B companies increase their repeat and recurring revenue from their existing customers.
Fun fact: Abel loves traveling, going clubbing in San Francisco, and bringing traditions to Silicon Valley as the well-known wine lemonade from León.
He is now taking part in an internship at Quri, a company from San Francisco providing a platform for the gathering and analysis of retail data.
Belén currently works at Groupon as a mobile software engineer in San Francisco, after the acquisition of her previous company, Swarm Mobile, which helps business retailers understand their businesses and customers better.
Alberto loves to think about people’s everyday “off-line problems” and how to solve them using technology. He wants to learn from the best and gain more experience in the start-up world. He joined the team of RelayRides in 2013 to help them build the best peer-to-peer car rental marketplace in the world.
Just after his graduation, Cristian founded a meetup web planner called Pickate. After this period he joined as a CTO la Liga de Videojuegos Profesional (LVP), a Spanish startup which is now the biggest spanish e-sports league.
Cristian is currently working with the engineering team of RockThePost, a web platform that helps entrepreneurs raise funds from investors.
Antonio is currently working at Mindsnacks (now Elevate, Apple iPhone’s App of the year 2014), a platform that delivers learning in bite-sized lessons that can be accessed anywhere, and anytime. This unique approach harnesses the power of mobile devices and effective pedagogic principles of game-based learning to increase the user’s capacity to learn through higher frequency and engagement.
Anton lived in London working as an engineer on VFX production tools at The Foundry (www.thefoundry.co.uk). He’s now working as software engineer at Mindsnacks (now Elevate, Apple iPhone’s App of the year 2014), where he has achieved his dream of becoming a game developer.
In his spare time, Antón cultivates his other great passions: Theatre (he was an actor at the Oxford Spanish Play company in the UK) and Karate (he holds a black belt!).
He worked two years in Spain prior to his move to Silicon Valley. Diego joined Vessel.io (acquiered by Marketo) in 2013, a startup that develops mobile A/B testing, run tests, analyze results and increases revenue.
In his spare time, Diego loves playing soccer and poker!
He started working at Swarm Mobile when he moved to San Francisco, a company that provides solutions for shopper analytics and omnichannel marketing. Iván is working at Groupon since the acquisition of Swarm Mobile.
Sergio worked at Intelligenia S.L. in Spain, he was the person in charge to interface and user experience.
He started working as an optimization user experience developer tools in Tapjoy Inc. in San Francisco and is currently a software developer at Yahoo.
He joined join CritSend in 2012 where he improved his technical skills and satiated his hunger for entrepreneurial adventures.
Fun Fact: Eduardo is an enthusiastic of sports, he loves to swim, run and has played soccer in Regional Division in Madrid and in the KNVB in Eindhoven.
He joined Mindsnacks (now Elevate) in September 2012, a startup company that develops educational games for mobile platforms in San Francisco. Elevate App is a brain trainer named Apple’s iPhone App of the year 2014.
Fun Fact: Miguel has always loved computers, but he likes to spend his free time playing with his rock band and surfing the South of Spain and the West coast of Portugal.
He started his internship at Tiny Post (later acquired by TripAdvisor) in Palo Alto in 2012, surrounded with extremely talented people. He absolute loves coding and is eager to venture into the crazy world of internet tech. Carlos is now a game developer at Rockstar Games.
Fun Fact: Carlos loves drawing and has being doing so for as long as he can remember. He also likes martial arts and is a 1st dan karate practitioner.
Some time before he moved to the US Cristobal had been working at Oracle as a software engineer/developer and had been getting experience in the small-tech computer industry as well. He joined Hattery Labs in 2012 where he worked as part of the engineering team. Cristobal is currently working at Google.
Fun Fact : Cristobal is a soccer player and an avid sports fan. He also enjoys poker, chess and other mental games.
The start-up world is not new to Luis, after graduating with a degree in computer science, Luis joined the team of software developers at Aprendelo.com in Madrid.
In his free time, he developed a mobile transportation application “TransportApp”, which is one of the top Travel Apps in Spain.
Fun fact: Luis is fan of Atletico Madrid, he never lost a match. Also loves animals and playing FIFA!
He is currently working at Yahoo as a software engineer in the Android team.
He is currently a software engineer at Yahoo.
He moved to the US in 2013 to start his internships at ZocDoc in New York, where he is still working as software engineer.
Saúl joined the AmpushSocial team that is based in San Francisco in 2011 and is currently CTO at Thinkful in New York.
Fun Fact: Saúl began studying and training for his pilot´s license, and is also an amateur photographer and graphic designer.
He is currently working at Khan Academy in Mountain View.
Fun Fact: Ignacio is a Spanish champion for Rubik´s Cube and is also a chess player in the first division of the Madrid Chess League.
In 2011 he joined the team of InternMatch in San Francisco where he worked on their web platform and added value to their tech stack development. Alberto is currently head of mobile at El Corte Ingles in Spain.
Fun Fact: Alberto developed his own startup Daorba Technologies that aims to develop a social community for foreign students in Spain. He also plays acoustic and classical guitar.
When he came to the US he started working at Rewardli on a stealth mode project and was part of the engineering team that was building a minimum viable product. Pol is currently at Quri.
Fun Fact: Pol is an avid skier, snowboarder and basketball player. He started his own company called Menuting.
Meet our host companies
“Jóvenes con Futuro has been an amazing experience. The people you meet are amazing. Just in case there is someone still on the fence: this is a life-changing experience and it’s definitely worth it.”Saúl Díez Guerra, 1st Edition Jóvenes con Futuro USACTO, Thinkful
“Jóvenes con Futuro is a great opportunity for any young and talented engineer. It will allow you to grow both professionally and personally and work on some of the most competitive markets. I would say is one of the best decisions I have ever made.”Luis E. Fabian, 2nd Edition Jóvenes con Futuro USASoftware Engineer , Google
We’ve had a fantastic experience working with StepOne for the last few years. They’ve consistently matched us with phenomenally talented engineers that are a pleasure to work with. The StepOne program has been a huge part of Elevate’s success and we are excited to continue working with them.Jesse PickardFounder and CEO, Elevate, Apple’s iPhone App of the year 2014
We work hard to have many perspectives on our team, without compromising skill.David BloomFounder and CEO, Ordr.in
Luis is perfect. He’s talented, learns fast, and has a great attitude. And of course he brings his own view of the world, technology and business – about Luis Fabian
JCF it’s a very fresh initiative with a lot of projection in the future which will not only help Spaniards to come to understand the American business model but also to work in a multicultural environment out of their own home ecosystem.Nicolas ToperFounder and CEO, Critsend
This project can enrich their entrepreneurial skills and encourage the development of their own ideas, both in their start-up and in other community they might be involve with – about Eduardo Berbis.
We had a fantastic experience working with JcF. We were especially surprised with the ease of the J-1 visa process; StepOne did a fantastic job managing that.Dick BrouwerFounder and CEO, Tiny Post
Most importantly, we’re having a great time with Carlos, our intern from Universidad Complutense de Madrid. He is blowing away all our expectations and we would very highly recommend this program to any other startup – about Carlos Catalán.