LONDON — Stephanie Alys, the creator of MysteryVibe, won the New Generation award at the Veuve Clicquot awards ceremony held last night.
The Veuve Clicquot Business Woman awards were created in 1972 as a tribute to Madame Clicquot, who took over her husband's champagne business after he passed away.
The New Generation award recognizes creativity and innovation by female entrepreneurs who are between the ages 25-35.
MysteryVibe sells the Crescendo vibrator in 58 countries. It is billed as the world’s first body-adapting smart vibrator.
She was praised by Veuve Clicquot judges for her focus "to close the pleasure gap by bringing equality to sex."
"She is leading the revolution in sex-tech," Veuve Clicquot judges said during the ceremony. "Demonstrating the same characteristics of Madame Clicquot over 200 years ago, Stephanie is breaking down barriers and social taboos."
After accepting the award Alys said that "people find it very difficult to start a conversation about sex but it gets easier once it starts. Creating any business is really hard but creating one in this industry is even harder."
MysteryVibe got its start in 2015 with an initial crowdfunding campaign. Last month, the U.K.-based company revealed that it has closed its latest round of funding with $1.5 million in new investments, bringing the total outside capital raised by the company to $4 million.
MysteryVibe has been featured in GQ, Wired, Forbes, the BBC, Vice and numerous other media outlets, with the Crescendo itself receiving “best of” kudos from an array of mainstream publications, including Glamour, Allure, Marie Claire and Good Housekeeping.
Check out the company’s website here.
Pictured: Stephanie Alys (left), with two other award recepients