Meet Beam, the social enterprise crowdfunding training for homeless people.
Charitable giving is one of the hallmarks of the festive season. And with the weather getting colder at Christmas, it’s important to highlight the desperate situation facing London’s homeless population.
Estimates vary, but it’s believed that roughly 170,000 people are homeless in the capital. The vast majority of these are living in homeless shelters, hostels, or emergency accommodation, but nearly 9,000 of them are sleeping rough on the city’s street.
It’s an issue that Alex Stephany, chief executive of the tech-for-good startup Beam, cares about deeply. His company aims to use crowdfunding to tackle the homelessness crisis.
Similar to fundraising websites such as GoFundMe or JustGiving, Beam runs donation campaigns for homeless people who want to learn a trade or get training, and helps them into work.