20 Oct 2016
The inventor of the energy-harnessing soccer ball pivots Topics:
Jessica Matthews’s (MBA 2014) startup Uncharted Play made headlines when it debuted Soccket, a soccer ball that captures kinetic energy to power a lamp. The simple idea could change life in poor, rural communities without a consistent source of electricity.
But things didn’t go according to plan. There were issues with manufacturing and shipping the balls. As CEO Matthews knew she needed to make a change: “We’re never going to make the best soccer ball," Matthews recounts to Business Insider. "So why can’t we just partner?”
The company recently raised a $7 million Series A round to focus on its technology and opportunities to install it in existing products. “We’re in the game now,” Matthews says.
Class of MBA 2014, Section H