Jessica’s career as an inventor and entrepreneur began at the age of 19, As a junior in college in 2008 Matthews and classmate Julia Silver man invented Soccket as part of an assignment for an engineering class. She has described the inspiration for the invention as coming from an experience attending her aunt’s wedding in Nigeria. When the electricity was lost and diesel generators were used to keep the lights on, Matthews recognized the health hazard posed from exhaust gas and decided to try to do something about it. She and Silver man presented Soccket as their proposed solution, a soccer ball that stores kinetic energy as it’s used. A half-hour of play with the soccer ball generates enough energy to power a small, attachable Led lightning for three hours, so that play with soccer ball also provides children a reading light with which to do their homework after dark. The two founded Uncharted Power to develop Soccket, with Matthews becoming CEO.
In 2016, when Matthews moved Uncharted Power to Harlem NY, she created a non-profit arm, the Harlem Tech Fund (HTF), which aims to support 100 new startups and offer technology training to 10,000 Harlem residents over the next two to five years. Matthews serves as chairman of the board of H TF. That same year, she was recognized at the Harlem Economic Development Day, receiving the Outstanding Corporate Diversity Award. Matthews has expanded to work on global infrastructure projects. She is co-founder and executive director of KDDC, developing a Hydro Power Dam project in Nigeria. The 30-megawatt dam is among the first hydroelectric dam projects privatized in Nigeria. She currently serves as an Ambassador of Entrepreneurship for the country.