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    Oakland Energy & Water Ventures is a second stage fund investing and commercializing innovative products and solutions focused on clean energy & water.

    We are investing in entrepreneurs, innovations and integrated solutions ready for accelerated commercialization. Our goal is to assist our partners with sales and management plans that model and enhance product development, scalability, and marketability. We offer our business partners expanded reach into new industry sectors and global markets through our collaborative approach and affiliated networks.

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    Empower and support the commercialization of innovation based technologies focused on energy conservation and water treatment including brine management. Provide hands-on business strategy and operational support, if required, to position emerging technologies for success in local, regional, and global markets.


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Why Alternative Energy Solutions – Natural Gas?

1.) The constant growing price divergence between natural gas and diesel
  • Newly discovered natural gas reserves
  • Fluctuating diesel prices
2.) Increasing regulations
  • Stricter regulations on diesel emissions
  • RRC drilling protection

For information regarding our clean energy services, contact us below.


Water Treatment

Why Water Treatment?

1.) Each year, billions of gallons of produced water is wasted
  • Turn your wastewater into an asset
  • Treatment process is environmentally friendly
2.) Increasing regulations pending
  • Increased water scarcity is influencing environmental policy
  • Clean Water Act (CWA)

For information regarding our water treatment services, contact us below.

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Meet our team

Manoj Bhargava

Manoj Bhargava



Mr. Bhargava is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and founder and CEO of 5-hour ENERGY. He serves as chairman of the board of directors for medical device companies TMJ Health and Cardiox Corporation, and is the founder of Oakland Energy and Water Ventures, a second stage fund for investing and commercializing innovative products and solutions focused on energy conservation and water treatment. Mr. Bhargava has pledged 90% of his wealth to charity and research.

Kevin O'Connell

Kevin O'Connell

Managing Director

Kevin is a long-standing renewable energy veteran and proponent of clean energy, alternative forms of power generation and bringing new technologies that improve societal issues to the global market.  

Kevin brings 20+ years of sales, marketing, project management, and sales management experience. He has led new product introductions for start-up companies, as well as managing sales and service teams for established companies, including working at Michigan CAT for 14 years where he was the Director of Electric Power Business Operations. He has sold into established and high-growth markets, including Oil & Gas, Utilities, Municipalities, Mining, Hospitals, Data Centers, Universities, Construction, Landfill, and Agg/Bio-Gas Power Plants.  He worked at Aggreko Inc. as a Branch Manager and led teams responsible for sales and service of industrial equipment, power generation, temperature control equipment, and aftermarket parts.

Market Outlook:  “As the global need for power grows, world energy markets will be poised to benefit from disruptive technologies.  Such revolutions will create exciting opportunities and we look for partners that have the vision & technology to position themselves within these ever changing markets.”

Chris Brower

Chris Brower

Managing Director

As a recognized thought leader and optimist on clean energy and water treatment, Chris’ vision for Oakland Energy & Water Ventures is to invest and partner with great companies in launching new technologies to compete on a global scale, improve the environment and enhance the quality of life for future generations.

Chris brings extensive senior leadership experience in program operations, sales management, marketing, investment evaluation, deal sourcing and the execution of business plans. He’s designed, built and launched the operations, sales and marketing initiatives for several start-ups, as well as lead a business expansion for Onyx Acceptance/Capital One and oversaw manufacturing operations for a 100+ staff at Chrysler.  His deal experience includes leading business strategy and analysis teams, and he has overseen numerous investment deals spanning diverse global industries and geographic markets, including global Automotive, Oil & Gas, Electronics, Consumer Goods, Chemicals, Alternative Energy, Metals & Mining, Water Treatment and Utilities. His experience also includes leading M&A / Restructuring projects at KPMG and customer satisfaction / voice of customer projects at J.D. Power and Associates. Chris serves on several industry / non-profit boards and remains a long-standing advisor to the Federal Reserve's Beige Book publication. 

 Market Outlook: “Clean Energy and Water is the lifeblood of human-kind and our nation’s growth prospects.  Our vision is to become a recognized global partner of companies seeking to commercialize new technologies and actively engage in improving the quality of life in our local region and around the world.”

Rick Manner

Rick Manner

Managing Director

Rick is a recognized leader in product launch and supply chain development focused on ensuring economic and environmentally responsible solutions meet growing global business needs.

Rick brings 30 years of business and supply chain management experience specializing in supply chain design and establishing logistics operations. Prior to joining Oakland Energy & Water Ventures, Rick had executive roles at electric car OEM Fisker Automotive, Next Autoworks, and Stonepath Logistics where he served as Sr. VP and COO. His experience includes product development, procurement, manufacturing & assembly, distribution, and transportation. He’s built and managed a number of start-up operations in the manufacturing and retail distribution sectors including operations for Fisker Automotive, Next Autoworks, GM-GMSPO, Ford-FCSD, Home Depot, Best Buy, and FTD.

Market Outlook: “Emerging technologies have fostered in a new era of global economic growth. This growth is clearly dependent upon energy and our most essential element of life: Water. There are compelling opportunities in the global energy and clean water space to develop and integrate solutions that ensure economic and environmentally responsible approaches to produced energy and clean water. Oakland Energy & Water is positioning itself as a key investor, partner, and catalyst to develop and introduce these new solutions.”

Contact us


Oakland Energy & Water Ventures
38955 Hills Tech Drive
Farmington Hills, MI 48331

Kevin O'Connell
Managing Director
Phone: 248.987.7856
Email: Kevin@oaklandewv.com

Chris Brower
Managing Director
Phone: 248.987.7850
Email: Chris@oaklandewv.com

Rick Manner
Managing Director
Phone: 248.987.7862
Email: Rick@oaklandewv.com

Media Inquiries:
Melissa Skabich
PCE Communications
Phone: 973.760.9926
Email: mskabich@pcecommunications.com

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