Past Events

Founders - Sustainability

Kirkstall Forge, Leeds, LS5 3NF

May 16th, 2019

18:00pm – 20:00pm

Join the Leeds Digital Drinks community to meet and learn from the digital industry leaders, innovators, and enthusiasts.

This May you’re invited to a special edition of Founders as part of EU Green Week, sitting down with UK entrepreneurs who are growing businesses with a positive impact on our ecosystem.

We’re building a community of founders who are eager to support, share and learn from one another in a relaxed space over a few drinks. Our next event will be held at Kirkstall Forge, a 5 minute train journey from Leeds station.

FREE tickets are available through eventbrite here.


Hark for kindly covering the drinks at bar.

“Hark’s cloud-based platform allows companies to simplify the route to intelligent assets to increase efficiency while reducing waste. We monitor, store and analyse sensor data in real-time – we’re the definition of IoT.”

Kirkstall Forge for providing the incredible venue, welcome drinks and canapés.

“All the buildings at Kirkstall Forge have been designed to feature the latest technology and materials to achieve highly efficient energy ratings. The development masterplan has been designed to discourage car use, aided by the railway station and onsite car club which will lower the carbon footprint of those living and working here.”

Click here for FREE tickets.

Our highlights


50+ Events

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


1200+ 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


5500+ 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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