Our Focus

The Objectivist Venture Fund (OVF) seeks New Intellectuals with ideas, imagination and persistence, who can put funds to productive use to advance Objectivism and Ayn Rand. OVF accepts applicants under three main categories:

Intellectual Entrepreneurs: We're looking for creative individuals and organizations to positively impact the culture by promoting Ayn Rand's ideas. In the past, successful OVF projects have included book clubs, public meetings, courses, and publications (including podcasts and videos) that increase awareness and improve understanding of Ayn Rand. Projects can be either for-profit or non-profit, and monetary awards can be in the form of grants or loans.

Scholarships: Serious Objectivist scholars of all ages may apply for funds to finance their formal education. Applicants must demonstrate both the ability and intention to promote Objectivism, either as professional intellectuals or as well-educated professionals.

Productivity Enhancement: OVF can provide financial support to professional Objectivist intellectuals who need time to complete a course, write a book, or finish some other worthwhile assignment. "Productivity funds" can be used to help with household chores, alleviate the need for part-time employment, and reduce financial stresses that might accompany the completion of deep intellectual work.

OVF will generally not consider proposals related to the arts or politics. OVF proposals should not duplicate activities of the Ayn Rand Institute, but may enhance or amplify such programs.

Funded Projects

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.

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.

The Undercurrent

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.