Past Events

Founders – Summer Party!

Avenue HQ Leeds, 10-12 East Parade, Leeds, LS1 2BH

Friday, 23rd August

18:00pm – 21:00pm

Summer Party

Excited by the startup scene in Leeds? Keen to meet, chat and learn from local founders? Join us for our summer party!

It’s a warm Friday evening, you’ve nailed your to-do lists and finished work for the week… How about a free drink or two in the city to help you wind down for the Bank Holiday weekend?

We’re meeting at Avenue HQ, a cosy bar / co-working space, located at the bottom of Greek Street. Exa networks will kindly be providing free drinks (until the tab runs out!)

Tickets available here


“One of the only ISPs delivering bespoke Internet services, Exa Networks bring incredible performance and complete customisability to thousands of schools and businesses across the UK, often significantly cutting costs while improving performance across the board.”

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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