Upcoming Events

Founders – Purpose over Profit

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

Friday, 20th March

17:30pm – 20:00pm

Yep, we all know that making money is a) great b) essential for business, but can’t we be doing this whilst making the world a better place?

This March we’ll be introducing you to a range of startups doing some incredible work putting purpose before profit.

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.

Find out some more info and grab your ticket here.

Our highlights

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55+ Events

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

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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

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6500+ Followers

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

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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.

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Sponsors

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

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Workshops

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

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Ashton Wesley

Tech consultant, content curator, loves a good playlist

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Rich Sutcliffe

Ethical digital, sci-fi geek and whisky enthusiast

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Josh Hopkinson

Bartender at Tapped, bit of a beer snob…

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Sonia Dembowska

Maths student and data enthusiast

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Owen Williams

Digital designer and lover of dachshunds 

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