About Us

Maniv Energy Capital provides direct investment, and establishes syndicates, to support young companies in the areas of advanced transportation and energy technologies. Presently Maniv puts a premium on companies that are poised to contribute to the coming world of autonomous (self-driving) vehicles. Maniv was a seed investor in Israel Cleantech Ventures and in the trailblazing electric car services company Better Place. Previously, Its predecessor fund, Maniv Bioventures, contributed to the establishment of nearly a dozen life science companies including Metabolix, Inc. (NASD: MBLX) and Ironwood Pharaceuticals (NASD: IRWD).

Michael Granoff, Principal
Michael founded Maniv Investments in 1997. He is also a founding board member of Securing America’s Future Energy, a Washington, DC-based group that brings together corporate and military leaders to craft and advocate for energy security policy. He has been active in several presidential campaigns and political organizations as well as a number of non-profit organizations. In 2010 he was awarded the Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship by the International School of Business at Brandeis University. He holds a BA from Tufts University, an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, as well as a JD from Northwestern School of law.

Olaf Sakkers, Associate
Olaf sources and diligences investment opportunities with a focus on technologies that enable autonomous vehicles. Furthermore, he helps to construct broad investment strategy for Maniv. He holds a BA from Princeton University and completed his IDF service in the Foreign Relations Branch working on US-Israel military relations.

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