Mr. Bressner is a Managing Partner of Activate Venture Partners.
He has been a venture capitalist for over 30 years, has participated in more than 100 equity financings and has served as a Director or Board Observer of over 30 companies.
Mr. Bressner served as part of the co-founding team of the NEPA Venture Funds in 1985 and has been an active investor in the region from Pennsylvania through New Jersey into Metro NYC ever since. In 2008, he co-founded Originate Growth Fund I and serves as its Managing Partner. He served on the Board of Directors of the Greater Philadelphia Venture Group (now called PACT) for several years and was selected to be its Chairman during 1996-1997. He has been a member of the Investment Advisory Committee for the Southeast Ben Franklin Technology Partnership for over 25 years and was awarded the Entrepreneurial Advocate of 2000 by the Northeast Tier Ben Franklin Technology Partnership. He is a past member of the Board of Governors for Philadelphia-based St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. He was an Advisory Board member of Progress Capital Corporation and has served as a guest lecturer over the past several years on Venture Capital and Entrepreneurship at the Wharton School.
Prior to helping found the NEPA Funds, Mr. Bressner was an Investment Officer of Key Venture Capital Corporation where he opened and managed its office in Boston, Massachusetts upon completing his graduate education. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Alum-a-Lift, Inc., a family-owned manufacturing company since 1989.
Presently, Mr. Bressner is Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc. (NASDAQ: ISSC). He is a former board member and Chairman of the Nominating and Governance Committee of Tabula Rasa Healthcare, Inc. (NASDAQ: TRHC). He is also a former board member of IQE Plc (LSE: IQE).
He is co-founder of Leader Lehigh Valley, a 501(c)(3) organization which is providing The Leader in Me to approximately 40 elementary schools in the Greater Lehigh Valley.
Mr. Bressner holds a B.S.B.A., cum laude, from Boston University where he lettered in varsity basketball. He also received an M.B.A. from Babson College.