Uncharted Play, an energy tech company that aims to democratize access to energy worldwide, has raised US$7 million in a seed funding round to expand its core technology, ‘MORE’ (Motion-based, Off-Grid, Renewable Energy).
MORE is a platform for customizable, low-cost micro-generators that can be seamlessly integrated into almost any product, harnessing ambient kinetic energy to power small electronics, mobile devices, and sensors for IoT (Internet of Things) applications.
Uncharted Play plans to partner with manufacturers across several industries – from consumer electronics to infrastructure – to put “MORE Inside™” many familiar products used in the home, business and community.
“We not only aim to disrupt how energy is generated, but how it is consumed. We envision a world where people shift from a ‘hoard & save’ energy mentality to a ‘continuous and on-demand’ energy experience,” said Jessica O. Matthews, CEO of Uncharted Play .
In addition to expanding its core tech, the company has relocated its HQ to Harlem, a New York City neighborhood, in a bid to contribute to the tech ecosphere.
Uncharted Play secured the funds from the NIC Fund, a syndicate from the African continent focused on investing in renewable energy opportunities.
Participating in the round were Kapor Capital, Magic Johnson Enterprises, BBG Ventures, and Lingo Ventures.
Founded in 2011 by Edo-born inventor, Jessica O. Matthews, Uncharted Play is known for its flagship product, the SOCCKET, an energy generating football.
Former President, Goodluck E. Jonathan, who juggled the SOCCKET at the Presidential Villa, appointed Jessica Mathews as Nigeria’s `Entrepreneurship Ambassador’ back in 2013.