The Objectivist Venture Fund seeks able Objectivists with ideas, imagination and persistence, who can put funds to productive use to advance Objectivism and Ayn Rand.
We will generally not consider proposals for the arts, events or political activities (although an educational activity in politics may be considered). Proposals should not duplicate any activities of the Ayn Rand Institute.
Here are some examples of funded projects:
LIBEK from Serbia
Proposal by Petar Čekerevac
This will build awareness, understanding and acceptance of Objectivism in the Western Balkans through outreach to Students for Liberty chapters in Belgrade by means of entrepreneurial networking activities, social media campaigns and a localized web presence and a John Galt school.
The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels Marketing Program
Proposal by Alex Epstein
This will support the marketing efforts for The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels by Alex Epstein, and drive three primary outcomes: (1) guaranteeing thousands of people are exposed to the book and a new perspective on fossil fuels, (2) generating support for the book outside of the industry and (3) raising the visibility of the book and its message.
Online Undergraduate Journal
Proposal by Raghav Bansal and Joey Levy
This will support the production of an online undergraduate journal at Columbia University that will present an Objectivist viewpoint on college campus issues, political events and philosophical debates.
HealthPolicy.tv Viewer-Base Growth
Proposal by Jared Rhoads
This will accelerate the growth of the viewer base for HealthPolicy.tv, an online resource for serious, curated videos about health policy that seeks to raise visibility of free-market and Objectivist ideas by placing them alongside mainstream positions.
Proposal by Margaret Malewski
This will support the resources required to significantly increase student involvement in activist, study and social clubs focused on Objectivism. The Undercurrent has developed a new strategy to more effectively engage students on selected campuses.
Aristotelian Centre for Reason & Objectivism (ACRO)
Proposal by Liberty Forum of Greece
This will establish a forum to explore the relationship between Objectivism and Aristotelian thought with the goal of strengthening the voice of reason and freedom in Greece. ACRO will promote, educate and clarify the work of Ayn Rand to young people, academic and business circles, and politicized citizens.
Objectivist Center – Bulgaria
Proposal by Kalin Manolov
This will establish a fully operational Objectivist Center in Bulgaria and launch the center’s training program. Long term, the Center will operate as an Objectivism hub for southeastern Europe.
Online Course for High School Teachers
Proposal by Rajshree Agarwal
This will develop an online course based on the existing in-person conference Enterprise Through Literature. The course, aimed at high school teachers, will be created in partnership with the Ayn Rand Institute.