Jessica O. Matthews, is the founder and CEO of renewable energy consumer tech startup Uncharted Play, founded in May of 2011. Uncharted Play is a renewable energy company specializing in motion-based, miniaturized power systems.
In September 2016, the company raised $7 million in Series A funding round led by the NIC Fund with participation from Kapor Capital, Magic Johnson Enterprises, BBG Ventures and Lingo Ventures.
At the age of 19, Jessica invented the SOCCKET ball, an energy generating soccer ball that provides off-grid power for the developing world.
She initially raised $$92,296 from 1,094 backers for the Soccket on Kickstarter in 2014. That was followed up with a $500,000 convertible debt round.
Jessica was invited by President Barack Obama to the White House to represent small companies for the signing of the America Invents Act in 2012, and currently serves as an Ambassador of Entrepreneurship for Nigeria. In 2016, she was selected to ring the NASDAQ opening ceremony bell, representing all Forbes 30 Under 30 alumna.
Jessica’s research and career centres around the intersection of disruptive technology, human behaviour, and the psychology of self-actualization. A dual citizen of Nigeria & the U.S., her list of accolades include Fortune’s Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs, Forbes 30 under 30 list, Black Enterprise’s Innovator of the Year, and Scientist of the Year by the Harvard Foundation.
Jessica has a degree in Psychology and Economics from Harvard University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.