Press coverage

Londonist
Londonist
You Can Now Give Money To Homeless People Using Contactless In The City - Aug 2019
"Four Tap for Change points dotted throughout the Square Mile now allow you to tap a phone, debit or credit card, making a £3 donation each time. The money goes straight to homelessness charity Beam.”
Verdict
Verdict
Ethical tech platform Beam crowdfunding for UK homeless - Jan 2019
“320,000 people are homeless in the UK, says charity Shelter. It’s easy to become just a number. Now there is a solution that puts a face and a name to a person without a home, helps them find a budget for training or child care and brings them into a community.”
HuffPost
HuffPost
Complete Strangers Crowd-Funded This Man’s Escape From Homelessness - Jan 2019
“Beam.org is a platform much like GoFundMe or JustGiving but instead focuses on a select group of homeless people who are studying for qualifications...Stephany believes that crowdfunding is a very effective way of getting people into work, partly because it removes financial barriers like transport, childcare or tools. But more than that, it also builds a support network through the funders.”
Forbes
Forbes
How Crowdfunding Is Helping Homeless People Turn Their Lives Around - Jan 2019
“Over the next few months, Alex hopes to scale the platform and reach even more vulnerable individuals. He says: “2018 was about proving the model. 2019 is about growing our impact. That's something we can only do with your help. If you want to help a homeless person for the long-term, I'd encourage you to join this community.”
Glamour
Glamour
I went from being homeless to training for my dream job as a beauty therapist, here's how… - July 2018
“For mother-of-one, Hana, the terrifying reality of moving from East Africa to the UK left her with no bank account, no job and no place for her and her son to call home.
BBC
BBC
UK 'leading world' in compassionate technology - May 2018
”The UK technology sector grew 2.6 times faster than the UK economy as a whole last year, new figures show. One of the biggest growth areas was in compassionate tech, with new apps and online services helping society's most vulnerable….Beam approaches homeless charities, creates a plan for people to get their dream role, and then uses social media to match sponsors to individual campaigns.”
The Guardian
The Guardian
'It's been my compass': helping the homeless failed by the government - April 2018
“I meet members of Beam, a crowdfunding platform which allows those who have been homeless to seek donations towards the training and qualifications they need to work.
HuffPost
HuffPost
Strangers Are Working Together To Crowdfund People Out Of Homelessness - April 2018
“Beam is the world’s first crowdfunding platform of its kind. Backed by the Mayor of London, the app launched in September and has since funded 22 campaigns, raising over £67,000 from public donations to fund a range of industry-recognised qualifications. There are over 1,200 supporters and 23 homeless members on the platform who are pursuing a range of career paths - from electricians and accountants to teaching assistants and social workers.
Financial Times
Financial Times
Charities develop apps to help Britain’s homeless - April 2018
“Alex Stephany, a former corporate lawyer, has set up a crowdfunding platform, Beam, to try to help them find professional employment and move on with their lives. The app allows donors to contribute small amounts to the costs of retraining homeless people, who Mr Stephany calls “members”, whose biographies are listed on its website and smartphone app, or split donations equally."
Mail Online
Mail Online
War veteran turns life around after PTSD led to hell of addiction - June 2018
“I know becoming an electrician is my next step back to a normal life,” he said. “My plan in 5 years is to be at the level 3 of electrical installations and looking at setting up my own business! This is going to be a life changing experience for me”.
BBC News
BBC News
Homeless Scottish veteran tells of his journey back to work - Dec 2018
Tarquin, who now works while training to be a gas safety engineer, raised just under £4,000. His parents were drug users and he started at 14. He points outside and says: “I grew up down the road with Tony (another member of the group) and heard how Beam helped him out. His story inspired me.”
Daily Express
Daily Express
Charity is finding work for former Forces members fallen on hard times in civvy street - Dec 2018
“Beam has been hailed as an innovative approach to solving the nation's growing homelessness crisis, with more than one in eight of those on the streets having served in the Forces. The tech platform works by helping homeless people raise funds to pay for professional training in professions as diverse as plumbing and accountancy through donations from the public. The aim is to ensure former service personnel can obtain long-term skilled and stable employment.”
Reuters
Reuters
With the click of a button, Britain's homeless crowdfund their way to work - Dec 2018
“[Hana] is one of about 50 homeless people who secured employment training through Beam, which it says is the world’s first purpose-built platform that helps homeless people crowdfund donations through their online profile.”
Forbes
Forbes
Meet The Entrepreneur Ending Homelessness - Dec 2018
“Beam is making it easy for anyone who cares about this issue to make an impact. By making it easy, Beam is building a people-powered community already numbering in the thousands that are helping solve homelessness, one person at a time…”
London Evening Standard
London Evening Standard
This crowdfunding platform for the homeless has won Mayor’s backing - Dec 2017
"Beam, a tech start-up launched in November, has won financial support from Mayor Sadiq Khan for its innovative approach to solving the nation’s growing homelessness crisis...Matt Harrison, director of Homeless Link, a charity dedicated to ending homelessness through policy change, said Beam is one of the most promising digital innovations in homelessness” of recent years."
The Sun
The Sun
Beam is a ray of light - Dec 2017
"Supporting homeless people costs the UK £1.15billion a year, while failing to tap into the talents and work aspirations of tens of thousands of people. One tech start-up thinks it has the answer. Beam crowdfunds money for homeless people to train for jobs, then supports them into stable employment."
LADBible
LADBible
Crowdfunding Platform Beam To Provide Job Training For The Homeless - March 2018
“Along with backing from the Mayor of London, innovation foundation Nesta and some of the UK's leading tech entrepreneurs, Beam also has an ambassador - James Bowen, the author of multi-million copy selling A Street Cat Named Bob. “Beam is a great way to help these people to get back on their feet and actually train in something they want to do," says Bowen, and looking at the stats it's hard to disagree.”
BBC
BBC
New site helps crowdfund training for homeless people - Dec 2017
"Tony was homeless for decades, but now he’s turning his life around. He started training as an electrician but ran out of money to pay for the course. So he turned to Beam."
Sky News
Sky News
New funding website for homeless 'changing lives' - Dec 2017
“A new crowdfunding platform has been set up to help homeless people pay for job skills and training. Beam lets people donate money securely to fund specific employment qualifications for homeless people.It is the brainwave of tech entrepreneur Alex Stephany, who wanted to help tackle the growing problem of homelessness.”
The Times
The Times
Crowd-funding helps homeless get back to work - Nov 2017
"This transparency in how donors’ money is spent, with regular photographs of the recipient... is a key factor in convincing supporters that their money is having an impact."
The Guardian
The Guardian
How crowdfunding can create empathy with homeless people - Nov 2017
"The founder of Beam says that his site is not doing the work of the state and builds an emotional connection with individuals helped into jobs....To develop the idea for Beam, Stephany spent more than a year meeting staff and managers at homelessness charities including Thames Reach, Crisis, and Connexions."
Daily Express
Daily Express
How to help homeless people in the UK: THIS tech start-up needs YOU to help change Britain - Nov 2017
“Alex Stephany, CEO of tech start-up Beam, is on a mission to help as many homeless people as possible re-build their lives and get off the street for good by creating a company that crowd-funds to allow members to learn a skill or a trade…The best illustration of Beam's impressive work isn't a spreadsheet of figures, or the total number of funds raised - it's the honest word of one man who's been through Beam's unique model: Joe”.
Time Out
Time Out
Meet a homeless Londoner who’s using crowdfunding to turn his life around - Nov 2017
“Tony Elie is one of the first people to benefit from a new platform called Beam, which gives homeless people a leg up via crowdfunding. He explains how it’s helping him make a fresh start… “Now, when you’re in my situation, you get used to hearing things that turn out to be too good to be true. I have to admit that I hadn’t even heard of crowdfunding before, and I had no idea if it would work. But pretty soon it was turning my life around”.
Metro
Metro
There’s a way to sponsor a homeless person back into work - Nov 2017
“A new website has launched helping you sponsor homeless people to get back on their feet with training. The first steps back into work can be difficult, especially without up-to-date qualifications. But Beam uses crowdfunding technology to get people training in areas like construction, teaching, plumbing, electrics or driving professionally.”