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Product Foundry: Welcome to the First Cohort of Makers

Product Foundry: Welcome to the first cohort of makers 

In May, ten creative physical product makers kicked off their journey on Product Foundry. In the inaugural cohort of the BRITE Project’s six-week programme, makers developed their prototyping skills in the Plus X Brighton workshop. 

The group of local businesses joined this structured programme, led by Workshop Manager Andrew Sleigh and James Tooze, Course Leader of Product Design at the University of Brighton, to learn how to generate design solutions, test ideas, and create product specifications.   

Check out what the founders and creators completing their journeys on the Product Foundry have gained from the programme. And, if your business would benefit from fully-funded innovation support, sign up for the October intake before 19th September, or get in touch to learn more. 


GettaGrip is on a mission to level the playing field for the competitive gaming landscape. 2022 Startup Sussex winner Julius creates affordable and inventive accessories for controllers that increase the comfort and accuracy of playing. 


Jack Champ launched Recovery By Design for people that are recovering from addiction. He created a toolkit that aims to provide ongoing support to people’s recoveries. 

Committed to creating a positive social impact, Jack joined the BRITE project to create a prototype for the toolkit to be used in multiple settings by people with a variety of addictions. Jack works on Recovery By Design alongside his day job as a landscape designer for Studio Bosk, joining the Product Foundry after discovering the programme while working in his office at Plus X Brighton


Combining his love for the ocean with his passion for sport, serial entrepreneur Andy is on a mission to make it easier, more environmentally friendly and more accessible for people to enjoy watersports. 

Wanting to eliminate unnecessary car journeys, Shore Ride is a product that easily attaches to your SUP or kayak, that allows you to then either walk or cycle to the water. Andy used Product Foundry to refine his product and to explore the design itself alongside alternative materials for manufacture.


A 2022 winner of the University of Sussex’s Social Impact Prize, Jazmine Tiley came up with the idea for her product Drink Bubble after she and a group of friends had their drinks spiked. Her Company ‘Protective Bubbles Ltd’ will launch with Drink Bubble to help protect people from being spiked or spilling their drink in busy venues. Protective Bubbles Ltd aims to create other innovations and become the ‘go-to’ place for everyday protective products in the future.

Whilst taking part in the Product Foundry, Jazmine focussed on the packaging of the product alongside some additional material exploration centering around price per unit and sustainability. She is completing the programme while studying for a BSc in Psychology at the University of Sussex.



Whether you’re looking for support to commercialise and scale your product or have always wanted to develop your prototyping skills, then Product Foundry could be the place for you. Product Foundry is a fully-funded innovation and product prototyping BRITE programme that gives makers and visionaries in the South East space to develop their product ideas and turn them from dreams into reality.

With the next programme starting in October 2022, all participants will be guided through the six-week intensive innovation programme by our team of experts in our cutting-edge workshops. Alongside eight to ten fellow product pioneers, you will develop your early-stage prototypes, all the way from testing ideas to maximising your product for its commercial impact. Even if you’re a workshop newbie, the programme is open to anyone in the Coast to Capital area with a great product idea and strong vision, as we’ll provide you with the tools and knowledge needed to see through your product to completion.

At Plus X, we pride ourselves on our expertise and passion for innovation, and by taking part in the programme you’ll gain fully-funded access to our workshop and specialists. Rather than having to wait weeks for your prototype to come back, you’ll be able to create in-house, using our digital fabrication tools like 3D printers, laser cutters and other hardware. We believe that true innovation takes a lot of trying, experiencing errors, learning from those errors and coming up with solutions. By facilitating you to create at speed, you’ll get to success faster. 

Product Foundry is part of BRITE (Brighton Research Innovation Technology Exchange). Led by Plus X, in partnership with the University of Brighton, BRITE aims to support leaders of companies that have ambitions to grow and scale their business, receiving up to £5.5m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund. Applications for Product Foundry close in September. To apply, or to find out more, visit