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March 31, 2015 09:15 ET

South Florida-Based Budsies® to Appear on ABC's Shark Tank April 10, 2015

Founder & CEO Alex Furmansky Launched Company That Turns Drawings and Pictures Into Custom-Sewn Stuffed Animals Two Years Ago

LAKE WORTH, FL--(Marketwired - March 31, 2015) - South Florida-based entrepreneur, Alex Furmansky, will introduce the magic of Budsies to millions of people during his appearance on ABC's hit reality Television show, Shark Tank, on April 10, 2015. Furmansky is the founder and CEO of Budsies, a company that turns drawings and pictures into custom-sewn plush figurines or stuffed animals. In other words, Budsies brings artwork to life! Furmansky, who launched Budsies out of his South Florida home less than two years ago, taped his episode with Shark Tank, a top rated, nationally broadcast show that offers entrepreneurs the chance to pitch wealthy investors (i.e. Sharks) on start-up businesses, last fall. On Friday, April 10 at 9:00 pm (eastern) / 8:00 pm (central), more than 8 million viewers will have the chance to see the magic themselves!

Already well-known and loved in the parenting and kids markets with more than 8,000 Budsies sold since the company's launch in August 2013, Budsies will now be exposed to millions of new fans and potential customers. "We are really excited to bring the concept of Budsies into the homes of millions of families thanks to our appearance on Shark Tank," said Furmansky. "Budsies has already brought a tremendous amount of joy into the lives of so many of our customers -- including children who are fighting cancer and create Budsies of their superhero parents and armed forces members who can't be home for the holidays but send Budsie Selfies of themselves instead. I cannot wait to see what the imaginations of this new influx of customers will create!"

Furmansky started Budsies for his little sister Michelle, who is 16 years younger. According to Furmansky, while growing up in the Philly Tri State Area of Pennsylvania, he watched her parading from camp, pre-school, and elementary school with cool drawings on a regular basis. The best ones would start on the fridge but even her most imaginative ones would meet their inevitable fate in the recycle bin. Meanwhile, he simultaneously noticed how much Michelle loved to play and cuddle with her stuffed animals. Budsies was the answer to how Furmansky could let his sister's quirky childhood artistry live forever!

Today, "kids" of all ages, from 2 to 102, create their own Budsies. The company has worked with and received orders from professional illustrators, corporate brands, video game producers, book authors, creative adults, teenagers, and children. Additionally, Budsie Selfies -- made from photos of people -- have gained increasing popularity.

Currently there are three major products lines made by Budsies:

  • The Original Budsie: Anyone's original artwork turned into a custom stuffed animal;
  • Budsie Selfies: Photos of real people turned into custom plush figurines (husbands/wives, boyfriends/girlfriends, bosses you love (or hate), kids in costumes, wedding parties, etc.); and
  • Budsie Petsies: Photos of pets made into huggable custom plush (from dogs and cats to birds and fish).

Standard Budsies are approximately 16". The company also offers supersize 30" Budsies for domestic U.S. customers. Budsies are made of hypoallergenic polyester plush and filling materials and ship to customers around the world and cost $69, plus $9.95 shipping and handling. Supersizing adds $29. To order your own Budsies today, please visit www.Budsies.com.

About Alex Furmansky
Alex Furmansky is the founder of Budsies, the company that turns any artwork or photo into a custom plush animal, and Sparkology, the invite-only dating site for young professionals. Budsies has been featured in NY Times, Mashable, Buzzfeed, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNBC, Parents Magazine, and dozens other media publications and the company has grown into a tech-driven brand leader within the gifts and collectibles arena. Sparkology, also no stranger to media spotlight, has grown to be NYC's pre-eminent singles community with over 17,000 members. Previously, Mr. Furmansky was Director of Business Development at OpenPeak and a financial analyst at Evercore Investment Bank's M&A advisory group. Past experience also includes UBS, Lockheed Martin, and consulting for a handful for web and iOS startups. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and the Wharton School of Business and currently serves on the boards of both the Penn and Wharton clubs of South Florida.

About Budsies
Budsies® is a South Florida-based company that brings artwork to life. Budsies are beautiful custom-sewn stuffed animals created from any drawing or photo. First launched in August 2013 by Founder & CEO Alex Furmansky, the company is headquartered in Lake Worth, Florida. Since its start, over 8,000 Budsies have been created for thousands of happy customers in countries around the world, including the U.S., France, India and Australia. Learn more at www.Budsies.com; like Budsies on Facebook at www.facebook.com/budsies; Follow them on Twitter @BudsiesToys; and view the creations on Instagram at https://instagram.com/budsies

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