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Jessica Matthews, 24

Co-Founder & CEO

Uncharted Play Inc.


Social entrepreneur Matthews found her calling by chance. She discovered it through sports. She co-developed the sOccket, a soccer ball that harnesses kinetic energy and stores it in the form of electrical energy that can be used later. She asserts, “The sOccket is not something that I defined, it’s something that defined me. It showed me what I should be doing.” The product grew out of a class project she worked on with co-founder and Harvard University classmate Julia Silverman. 


The two launched Uncharted Play in May 2011 with Matthews, who received a degree in social psychology, driving the creative vision of the company. In an era in which new sources of clean energy are at a premium, Matthews’ venture, which has gained $600,000 in financing, may grow to be a part of the green revolution. “I do a lot of prototyping myself even though I’m not an engineer because I know what the product should be and how it should work,” she says of their development process.


Dream vacation: "Maybe Fiji or Turks & Caicos"


Dream car: I’m hoping that more of the high class, expensive cars coming out will be hybrid cars. It doesn’t hurt to help the environment and look good while you’re doing it."


Phone: Blackberry currently but getting an iPhone 4S


Laptop: Mac


Other tech tools: iPad for work, iTouch for working out


Favorite store: H&M, Forever 21 


Favorite beverage: Amaretto Sour

Jessica Matthews, 24

Co-Founder & CEO

Uncharted Play Inc.

Social entrepreneur Matthews found her calling by chance. She…