The launch of a weeklong entrepreneurship-focused conference and several new funding rounds are among these recent headlines from Wisconsin’s innovation community:

—Startup founders, software geeks, investors, and others are gathering in Madison for the eighth annual Forward Fest, which kicked off Thursday and runs through Aug. 24. Click here to check out the full list of events; it includes everything from “Fast-Track to Funding” to “Immigrant Entrepreneurship” to “Kids STEAM Programming.”See also these posts from Madison Magazine and TheWisconsin State Journal previewing the conference.

—We profiled two recently launched startups, both based in Madison. The first, Snippet, is building a mobile app allowing people with iPhones and other iOS devices to send each other clips of popular songs. The second, Kilter Rewards, has developed technology that awards users credits that can be redeemed at local eateries and retailers each time they log a workout at a participating gym, yoga studio, or fitness facility. Read the full story here.