National First prize winner


Passback: Where sports meets sustainability. We upcycle sports gear so every kid can play.


Sports clubs and retailers have surplus gear, most of which gets thrown away. Meanwhile, millions of kids who participate–or would wish to–in youth sports lack the necessary gear.

Passback is a reuse and recycling solution that creates a circular economy for sports–starting by upcycling soccer gear. For sports clubs and retailers, we provide savings and ease to the laborious process of offloading their surplus gear. For youth in underserved communities– we provide quality products at a fraction of their retail price. All the while, this circular economy prolongs the resource of plastic and maximizes the life cycle of each item.
This problem is so big, that I have already received over $20,000 worth of high-quality gear for free from businesses such as and local youth clubs and have a waiting list of partners needing gear. The passback team prioritizes both sustainability and technology for B2B partnerships, differentiating ourselves from any other competitor.

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  • 2023 Participant
    Year of participation
  • Circular Economy
  • Costa Rica
  • € 15k
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  • Magdalen Pike (Founder & CEO), Angie Winschel (Board Member), Karli McIntyre (Board Member), Dr. Heather Cameron (Advisor)

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