Educating and empowering students across the world who are excited about blockchain.

The Blockchain Education Network (BEN) is on a mission to educate and empower students excited about blockchain technology across the world. BEN is made up of students and alumni who are creating bitcoin and blockchain clubs on their academic campuses. By exploring this socioeconomic experiment within the safety of their peers, students build new expectations and innovations. In aggregate, the combined effort of all these clubs creates a rich web of interconnected blockchain hubs across the world. Impact global evolution through local initiatives.

Meet Our Team

Erick Pinos

Executive Director

Mel Vera

Executive Vice President

Jesse Xiong

National Director of BEN USA

Sathya Peri

National Director of BEN India

Lorenzo Giustozzi

National Director of BEN Italy

Jorge Perez

National Director of BEN Colombia

Allan Ta

National Director of BEN Vietnam

Rami Shaath

National Director of BEN UAE

Gal Stern

National Director of BEN Australia

Meet Our Advisors

Jeremy Gardner

Co-founder / Managing Partner at Ausum Ventures

Dean Masley

Co-founder at NestEgg

Jinglan Wang

Hooligan at Handshake

Michael Cataliotti

Partner at Fisher Cataliotti P.C.

Katya Fisher

Partner at Fisher Cataliotti P.C.

BEN is Global

BEN national branches are tasked with distributing blockchain educational material and opportunities across cultural and language barreirs. If you don't see your country represented, get more students from your country to sign up for BEN! Once we have a critical mass of students in a country, we put together a national branch for that country


BEN Colombia

BEN Italy

BEN Vietnam

BEN Netherlands


BEN Australia



Originally founded as the College Cryptocurrency Network (CCN) in 2014, BEN began as a messenger group between the bitcoin clubs of MIT, Stanford, Michigan, Penn, and Delaware. After ballooning from a handful to over 40 clubs over a few months, co-founders Jeremy Gardner and Daniel Bloch formally founded the organization and registered its status as a 501(c)3 nonprofit. The CCN quickly transitioned into a growing organization as leading schools hosted pioneer blockchain-based initiatives such as the Bitcoin Airdrop at MIT and the BayBitHack hackathon at Berkeley.


The organization rebranded to the Blockchain Education Network as part of a larger effort to align with the changing direction of the industry. Dean Masley took the reigns as executive director after Bloch and Gardner started some new initiatives. Part of these initiatives was to pilot and experiment with cross-campus events. By connecting the various blockchain hubs through friendly competition, student leaders formed strong relationships between each other and amplified their local efforts. These competitions drew in large waves of new students who desired to lead the blockchain communities at their own schools.


The success of cross-campus events from 2015-16 inspired the Fall 2016 Initiative. Designed to help students start and/or grow blockchain clubs across the world, this cross-campus initiative ambitious seeks to propagate blockchain culture across university campuses.


In the midst of ICO hype, students remained focused on building technology and educational material. During this time, we saw many of our top students join some of the best teams in blockchain - OmiseGo, the Ethereum Foundation, Dharma Protocol, and many more.


Over 33 new blockchain clubs joined the network, and BEN is continuing its work in educating and empowering students to learn and teach others about blockchain.