David Helene

Founder & CEO


David Helene is the founder and CEO of Beam, a provider of equitable and effective cash transfer administration technology for institutional and government partners. Under his leadership, Beam has worked with over 100 innovative partners in postsecondary education and government to process more than $350 million in assistance to more than 300,000 individuals and their families. He has helped the organization attract venture and philanthropic support from some of the most innovate impact investors in the country, including Spring Point Partners, Schmidt Futures, ECMC Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the Lumina Foundation, Strada Education Network, Potencia Ventures, Imaginable Futures, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and others. For his work at Beam, David was named to 2020 Forbes 30 Under 30 in Social Entrepreneurship. Prior to Beam, David founded UniFi Scholars, a non-profit college access organization where he worked with more than 400 students in the classroom and spent nearly three years at The Clearing House, a financial trade association and payments company representing the interests of the nation’s largest commercial banks and processing over 85% of domestic payments, where he was named the youngest Vice President in the organization’s history.