Our Story

Meet the Fomeno Team

Brigit Blote


Visionary, sustainable fashionista, and everything in between

Email me: brigitblote@gmail.com

Ashlynn Atwood

Chief of Design

Queen of all things aesthetic. Everything Ashlynn touches becomes beautiful

Email me: ashlynn_faye@hotmail.com

Payton Ryz

Chief of Communications

Inspirational speaker, motivator, and watermelon enthusiast

Email me: paytonryz@gmail.com

Annie Lien

Lead Style Curator

The ultimate fashion icon & stylist, leading our photography outreach

Email me: annieblien@gmail.com

Our Journey Together

The Beginning

The journey began when the soul sisters committed to compete at the division 1 level for the University of South Dakota Coyotes in Track, Cross-Country, and Triathlon. It was through the athletic department that Brigit, Ashlynn, and Payton first became friends. In the fall of 2019, Brigit recruited Ashlynn and Payton to compete with this venture in the 2020 Hult Prize Campus Competition. With the help of Morgan Eikanger, the Coyote Women placed first at the University of South Dakota’s Hult Prize Competition, December 2019.

Yotes take on Boston

After winning the USD Hult Prize round, Brigit, Ashlynn, and Payton embarked on to the United States’ Regional in Boston, MA. Although the state of this competition was altered due to COVID-19, the team adapted and ended up winning first place among all the teams, qualifying them to represent the USA in the World Hult Prize Accelerator!

Where to Next?

The Fomeno team is preparing for the Global Accelerator in London, UK this December! There, they will compete for the 1 million dollar grand prize.

Recipient of $100K Hult Prize Investment

Fomeno is a proud recipient of $100K in Seed Capital of the 2020 Hult Prize Challenge – Building Startups That Have A Positive Impact On Our Planet With Every Dollar Earned.

A year ago our team found out that we made it to the Hult Prize Global Finals and now – a year later – we are a recipient of the 100K to really kick start Fomeno!! Over the last year we have been honored to be part of the best accelerator business program for college students across the world. Meeting the 30+ teams from across the globe who all hold a vision to make an impact inspired us to keep improving everyday! Each week we had the opportunity to learn from incredible mentors and experts, pitch every Friday, and grow as not only a business, but also as individuals. We are NOT done yet!! The hard work has truly just begun! We are excited to launch Fomeno so thrifted clothes can be easily brought to all of your closets!