Upcoming Events

Founders – Connectivity

Nexus – University of Leeds, Discovery Way, Leeds, LS2 3AA

Friday, 29th November

17:30pm – 20:00pm

Are you a business owner based in Yorkshire? Or simply spend your time daydreaming about running your own startup? If you’re new to Leeds, or up for meeting other entrepreneurial-minded people in the city, this event is perfect for you.

This month we’re hosting Founders at Nexus, who have very kindly provided us their magnificent new space. The venue is located at The University of Leeds and is easily accessible from the city-centre. We’ve partnered with Nexus as they provide seamless access to world-leading research, talent and facilities at the university, whilst supporting various startups within the community.

The theme for this month’s event is ‘Connectivity’. We’ll hear from a range of founders who will share their startup stories in 5-10 minute talks based around the subject. We’ll explore the challenges and impacts of our modern, interconnected world and give you the chance to gain first hand insight into what it’s like to build a business.

There will be plenty of time before and after the event to chat with other local founders over free drinks provided by CityFibreCityFibre is the UK’s largest alternative provider of wholesale fibre network infrastructure and the builder of Gigabit Cities.

See you there! Grab your ticket here.

Our highlights


55+ Events

Including quizzes, laser quest nights, room escape team building and many of the ‘Founders’ showcases with 4-5 TED talk themed stories.


1400+ Attendees

Over the years we’ve had more than a thousand people attend our events to learn from one another, mingle and build lasting relationships


6500+ Followers

An engaged community with a solid following across all of our social channels, groups and mailing list.


Charity Work

We’ve partnered with charities for past events and are totally open to work with any organisations that provide value and support in the Leeds community.



Through our industry links, we’ve worked with a range of kick-ass sponsors, selecting the most innovative and relevant companies to partner with.



We’ve ran a series of workshops and activities, from failure panels to code-free website building. We’re always welcoming new ideas and suggestions!

Our story

It started with a group of beer lovers who enjoyed hanging out in the pub and chatting about tech on a Friday…

2016: First Leeds Digital Drinks meetup at Headrow House & first ‘Founders Friday’ at Futurelabs

2017: We branch out with a variety of activities (room escape games, laser tag), mentoring and our first city takeover in Manchester

2018: Founders Friday finds a new home, we host our biggest quiz yet and start running workshops for local startup enthusiasts

2019: ‘Founders Friday’ rebrands to ‘Founders’, the team grows and our focus switches to bigger & better events!

Meet the team


Ashton Wesley

Tech consultant, content curator, loves a good playlist


Rich Sutcliffe

Ethical digital, sci-fi geek and whisky enthusiast


Josh Hopkinson

Bartender at Tapped, bit of a beer snob…


Sonia Dembowska

Maths student and data enthusiast


Owen Williams

Digital designer and lover of dachshunds 

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