BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) – The creator of the popular cellphone accessory PopSockets is getting a special honor. David Barnett was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year by Ernst & Young Global Limited.

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A view of the Popsockets phone grips at The 9th Annual Shorty Awards on April 23, 2017 in New York City. (credit: Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Shorty Awards)

The Daily Camera reported Barnett won the award in the consumer products and retail category.

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The Boulder-based business has grown 800 percent since its launch in 2014. Barnett gives a percentage of proceeds from sales of his invention to Craig Hospital and organizations that support people with arthritis, Parkinson’s disease and ALS.

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CBS4’s Kathy Walsh interviews David Barnett in August. (credit: CBS)

In August, Barnett told CBS4 that the idea for PopSockets started with buttons in 2010 at the University of Colorado. Then a professor, Barnett was trying to keep his earbud cord from tangling and he glued the buttons to the back of his iPhone.

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