The Audacious Project attempts to address a major frustration faced by the world’s change-makers. Without access to venture capital or stock markets, social entrepreneurs have to pitch donors one-by-one, often a deeply inefficient process for all involved. The Audacious Project aims to: (1) encourage the world’s greatest change-agents to dream bigger (2) shape the best ideas into viable multi-year plans and (3) present those ideas in a compelling way to potential supporters. The goal is to make philanthropy more collaborative, more inspiring — and more effective. The process begins with a short online application. The most promising applicants will be invited to make a fuller description of their plan. Each candidate idea goes through a rigorous due diligence process, with research and vetting done by staff at both TED and their partner, The Bridgespan Group. Winning initiatives are unveiled at the annual TED Conference in the spring, and are also presented privately to groups of donors. The goal is that each initiative attracts a community of supporters. Given the significant volume of high-quality ideas received after the launch of The Audacious Project in 2018, the Sponsor is shifting to a rolling process for identifying and vetting organizations in 2019. To apply for the next round, complete the online survey as soon as possible prior to July, 2019, as selected nominees will be announced in July. FAQ list. Previous winning projects.