Back to speakers

Jessica O. Matthews

Founder & CEOUncharted Power

Jessica O. Matthews is the founder and CEO of Uncharted Power, an award-winning renewable power company that specializes in harnessing energy from motion to create entire ecosystems of power for communities around the world. The company was founded by Jessica when she was only 22 years old.

Uncharted Power first began as Uncharted Play, a new kind of social enterprise grounded in play and the happiness of life, that would show the world how play could be a tangible tool for inspiring social innovation.

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 raised what is presently the largest Series A ever raised by a black female founder in history, and was selected to ring the NASDAQ opening ceremony bell, representing all Forbes 30 Under 30 alumna.

Jessica’s research and career centers around the intersection of disruptive technology, renewable energy, human behavior, and the psychology of self-actualization. A dual citizen of Nigeria & the U.S., Jessica has a degree in Psychology and Economics from Harvard University, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and is listed on over 10 patents and patents pending—including her first invention of the SOCCKET, an energy generating soccer ball, at the age of 19.

Her list of accolades include Fortune’s Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs, Forbes 30 Under 30 list, Inc 30 Under 30, and Scientist of the Year by Harvard University. She was also recently nominated by TechCrunch for Founder of the Year. Jessica has appeared on the cover of Forbes and Forbes Africa, as well as featured in Marie Claire, Wired, Inc, TechCrunch, The New York Times, and Fast Company, among others.