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BuQu Tech CEO Ophir Marish Named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 Semifinalist in Greater Los Angeles

Ernst & Young LLP today announced that Ophir Marish, CEO of BuQu Tech (www.BuQuTech.com), a new subsidiary of Battery-Biz® Inc., the leading U.S.-based manufacturer and distributor of consumer electronic power accessories, has been named a semifinalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2013 program in the Greater Los Angeles region. The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Finalists will be named in May, with awards being presented at a special gala on June 18th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

BuQu Tech develops and markets the Magnetyze™ (www.magnetyze.com) line of magnetic-enabled smartphone cases and charging accessories for Apple and Android smartphones. Magnetyze by BuQu Tech protective cases provide protection against nicks, bumps and everyday wear and tear. Users simply insert the phone into the case and attach to the desk charger, car charger or wall charger to begin high-speed cordless charging. The magnetic connection holds the phone in place, eliminating the need for clumsy cables, and 360-degree rotation enables users to continue to charge their phone while it rotates to horizontal or vertical alignment.

“This is a tremendous honor for our entire team,” Marish said. “We’ve all worked at an extraordinarily high level to introduce an entirely new concept in mobile accessories. We’re gratified by the market’s acceptance, as underscored by this recognition from Ernst & Young.”

Magnetyze by BuQu Tech also eliminates the need for new charging accessories with every smartphone upgrade. When it’s time to upgrade to a new smartphone, only the Magnetyze protective case needs to be replaced. The desk stand, car charger, wall charger, magnetic charging cable and other Magnetyze-branded accessories will continue to work with any available Magnetyze smartphone case – Android or iPhone.

Earlier this year, BuQu Tech was honored as an International CES Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for its Magnetyze Magnetic Charging System. Products entered in this prestigious program are judged by a preeminent panel of independent industrial designers, engineers and members of the media to honor outstanding design and engineering in cutting edge consumer electronics products across 29 product categories.

Now in its 27th year, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Program has honored the inspirational leadership of such entrepreneurs as Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com, Michael Dell of Dell Inc., Herb Kelleher of Southwest Airlines, Fred Smith of FedEx, Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google, Richard Schulze of Best Buy, Andrew Mason of Groupon, Mindy Grossman of HSN, Inc., Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner of LinkedIn, and many more.

Sponsors

Founded and produced by Ernst & Young LLP, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored in the United States by SAP America and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. In Greater Los Angeles, platinum sponsors include Marsh, Scherzer International, Smart Business, Union Bank and silver sponsors include Acacia Wealth Advisors, Avison Young, The Big Picture, Strategic Equity Group.

About BuQu Tech

BuQu Tech™ (www.BuQuTech.com) is a subsidiary of Battery-Biz, Inc., the leading U.S.-based manufacturer and distributor of rechargeable batteries, adapters and chargers for portable electronic devices. BuQu Tech (pronounced “boo-koo”) imagines, develops and builds high performance products for smartphones and tablets, and is the first accessories platform to support both Apple and Android smartphones. The Magnetyze™ family of universally compatible smartphone accessories uses patent-pending conductive magnetics technology to charge smartphones while the Magnetyze case simultaneously protects them from harm. Magnetyze products are available at www.magnetyze.com. BuQu Tech is based in Camarillo, Calif.

About Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year®

Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award recognizes the significant contributions of entrepreneurs who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement.

About Ernst & Young LLP’s Strategic Growth Markets practice

Ernst & Young LLP’s Strategic Growth Markets (SGM) practice guides leading high-growth companies. Our multidisciplinary team of elite professionals provides perspective and advice to help our clients accelerate market leadership. SGM delivers assurance, tax, transactions and advisory services to thousands of companies spanning all industries. Ernst & Young is the undisputed leader in taking companies public, advising key government agencies on the issues impacting high-growth companies and convening the experts who shape the business climate. For more information, please visit us at ey.com/us/strategicgrowthmarkets, or follow news on Twitter at EY_Growth.

About Ernst & Young

Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. Worldwide, our 167,000 people are united by our shared values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve their potential. For more information, please visit ey.com.

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