At the age of 19, Jessica Matthews invented the SOCCKET ball, an energy generating soccer ball that provides off-grid power for the developing world. At the age of 22, she founded Uncharted Play, a renewable energy company specializing in motion-based, miniaturized power systems. Expanding her reach to global infrastructural projects, at the age of 26, Jessica became a co-founder and executive director for KDDC, a 30 megawatt hydropower dam in Nigeria—one of the first to be privatized in the country.
Jessica has a degree in psychology and economics from Harvard University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Her list of accolades includes the Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2014, Black Enterprise’s Innovator of the Year in 2013, Scientist of the Year by the Harvard Foundation (2012) and one of the “10 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs” by Fortune (2011).