Ultraleap CEO Presented Special Excellence Award from University of Nottingham
10 November 2020 – Steve Cliffe, CEO and President of Ultraleap, has been given the Special Excellence Award from the University of Nottingham. The award is in recognition of Steve’s dedication, creativity and leadership throughout his career and for his contribution to advances in technology.
Each year, the university presents Alumni Laureate Awards to University of Nottingham alumni in the UK and around the world who have made outstanding contributions in their field. Introduced in 2007, these awards are a celebration of the alumni community and demonstrate the amazing things that can be achieved with a University of Nottingham education.
Steve studied Electrical Engineering at the University, completing his degree in 1985. Since then, he’s held a number of senior roles at leading companies including Plessey Semiconductors, ProVision and Dialog Semiconductor. He joined Ultraleap seven years ago as CEO of a small start-up and led it to be a global company with more than 150 employees and £64 million in investment.
Keen to give back and support causes close to his heart, Steve is also a Board Member for Bristol-based company Gapsquare, a leading software for fair pay, gender pay gap, ethnicity pay and equal pay analytics.
On receiving the award, Steve said: “It’s a real honour to be presented with this award. I look back at my time at the University of Nottingham fondly and recognise its influence and impact on my life – both professionally and personally. The University has a long-held vision around discovery and enterprise, combined with health and wellbeing. Those values have remained with me throughout my career.”
In 2018, Her Majesty The Queen granted Ultraleap the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category. It’s the highest national accolade that recognised Ultraleap’s unique haptic technology and its commitment to continued innovation.
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Ultraleap’s world-leading hand tracking and unrivalled mid-air haptic technologies allow you to engage with the digital world naturally - without touching surfaces. No touchscreens. No controllers. No keypads. From enhancing 2D screens to developing fully immersive 3D experiences, Ultraleap powers natural, safe and effortless digital interaction in the increasingly connected world.
Ultraleap employs more than 150 people across Europe, North America and Asia. It has become the first to offer the full vertical stack of software and hardware to enable spatial computing for the automotive, out of home, industrial, XR, entertainment and medical sectors.
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