Founders – Purpose over Profit

NatWest Entrepreneur Accelerator, Unit 2, 2 Park Cross Street, Leeds, LS1 2QH

Friday, 20th March

17:30pm – 20:00pm

Unfortunately we have had to postpone this event. In the meantime we’ll still be active across all our digital channels (@leedsdigidrinks) and shall share our plans for upcoming events when policies become clearer. We’d recommend using this time to learn a new skill, build a kick-ass website, perfect your lovely soup recipe or catch up on the best of last year in movies and TV shows.

Take care and we’ll see you soon! 

Our highlights


60+ Events

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


1600+ 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


7000+ 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

Web designer and lover of dachshunds 

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