The Forward Festival, Madison’s seventh annual flagship technology and entrepreneurship festival, put on “by entrepreneurs, for entrepreneurs,” is set to kick off Aug. 18. Offering more than 40 events over the course of eight days, this year’s festival is projected to attract more than 2,000 attendees from across the state.

The festival celebrates Wisconsin’s innovative spirit in all industries, from technology to food and beverage. The events bring together entrepreneurs to share their experiences and learn from each other to better connect the startup scene in Wisconsin.