Entrepreneur Alex Stephany has launched a crowdfunding platform — but with a difference.
Unlike other ventures which allow people to invest in companies, Mr Stephany’s platform, called Beam, gives people the opportunity to fund jobs training for homeless people, helping them into sustained employment.
“Homelessness has been something that has troubled me a lot, and it’s been getting worse”, Mr Stephany said, citing a report from the Shelter charity released earlier this month, which estimated that there are more than 300,000 homeless people in the UK.
Mr Stephany, a former CEO of the ParkatmyHouse app [now called JustPark], said the idea for Beam came after he had noticed there was a lack of “technology that makes it safe and easy to help a homeless person.
He said: “I began to think about what the best kind of help actually was.”
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