Freelancers of Leeds

Our Leeds Digital Makers group is working on a new site called Freelancers of Leeds, aiming to showcase the personalities of different freelancers across the city. We’re eager to champion individual stories and faces, rather than focussing on their output. The listing is open to all industries, welcome to all skillsets and experience levels – so…


Calling all Digital Makers

For the creators of today and innovators of tomorrow. The new hangout in Leeds for curious makers looking to unlock their imagination and launch faster. Want in? During the temporary pause of our physical events, we’ve decided to launch Leeds Digital Makers, a space for makers, creatives, developers, entrepreneurs, thinkers, (any type of digital do-er)…


Support Your Local, Leeds

With more and more cases of the coronavirus being reported on a daily basis, the Government has rightly urged people to socially distance themselves from others and stay at home. But small businesses are paying the price for it. In order to give back to the local community and to keep local businesses alive, we’re…

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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


Gary Butterfield

Healthtech entrepreneur, tea lover & wannabe adventurer


Sonia Dembowska

Maths student and data enthusiast


Owen Williams

Web designer and lover of dachshunds 

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