Past Events

Founders – Funding

The Walk, 3rd Floor, City Exchange, 11 Albion St, Leeds, LS1 5ES

Friday, 4th October

17:30pm – 20:30pm

What is Founders?

Founders is an event run by the team at Leeds Digital Drinks to bring the digital community together in the real world, sharing stories of running startups and promoting positive change – one event at a time.

This month’s theme is all about funding (aka money) – stories on how founders have raised funding for their startups, past, present and future. We’ll have 4-5 speakers over the evening to share their insights on their journey to bring cash flow to their business ideas.

Speakers announced shortly.

Deloitte will be covering the drinks and nibbles for the evening, and the event will be held at ‘The Walk’, based near the Trinity shopping centre.

So whether you’re a newcomer, or you’ve attended before, join us on the 4th October for a couple of free drinks and a productive discussion around startup finance.

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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