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.

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 Global Hult Prize Accelerator Program!

Virtual Hult Prize Accelerator

The Fomeno team spent 8 months in the rigorous Hult Prize Accelerator where they had daily zoom meetings to learn all things business, connected with experts and mentors from around the world, and were motivated each day from their fellow competitors and Hult Prize family to grow Fomeno in order to have the greatest impact on the planet.

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 the Fomeno team made it to the Hult Prize Global Finals and now – a year later – are one of eleven recipients of 100K to really kick start Fomeno!! Over the last year Fomeno has 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 Brigit, Ashlynn, and Payton to keep improving everyday! Each week they had the opportunity to learn from incredible mentors and experts, pitch every Friday, and grow not only as a business, but also as individuals. Fomeno is NOT done yet!! The hard work has truly just begun! Soul Sisters, Brigit, Ashlynn, and Payton are excited to launch Fomeno so thrifted clothes can be easily brought to all of your closets!