U.S. Air Force Chooses Central NY Startup Led by Veterans and Native Americans for SBIR Phase II Contract

EMPEQ (Empower Equity, Inc.), a Central New York startup led by veterans and Native American co-founders, has secured a significant $1.2 million contract from the U.S. Air Force via the AFWERX program. The contract focuses on EMPEQ’s proprietary computer vision technology, known as Instant Equipment Insights, designed to address pressing challenges within the Department of the Air Force (DAF). This contract marks a “Direct-to-Phase II” award, streamlining the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) process to expedite the development of innovative solutions for the military. EMPEQ’s technology aims to enhance the efficiency and safety of the military’s supply chain, aligning with the DAF’s commitment to innovation. The company’s co-founders, including CEO Herbert Dwyer, a former U.S. Marine Corps cryptanalyst, and COO Derek LaClair, a member of the Kanienʼkehá꞉ka Nation, are deeply committed to strengthening national defense and are honored to contribute to this mission.

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