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Uma Temakeria

Fast growing restaurant chain serving sustainably sourced sushi in a counter service setting. Uma created NYC’s first sushi burrito & it still reigns supreme.

  • Stage $1M in TTM Revenue
  • Industry Food and Beverage
  • Location New York City, NY, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded October 2014
  • Employees 22
  • Incorporation Type LLC
  • Website

Company Summary

Uma serves delicious, fresh, hand-rolled sushi including temaki, burritos and bowls; a healthy alternative to fast food. Our sushi is responsibly sourced, with 80% fully traceable to the boats, is made to order and ready for immediate consumption. Our Millennial customers eat out 3.4x a week, are looking for healthier and exotic options, and eat more sushi; yet, there is no prevalent fast, fresh sushi concept. Uma Temakeria fills that void.


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    Founder and CEO

    Cynthia is co-founder of aLavadeira, a retail laundry service in Brazil and of Veranda Venture Partners, a global venture development firm. She spent 8 years as an investment banker advising companies on M&A and financial strategy while at Merrill Lynch and Barclays Capital. She also has experience as a research analyst, advising on $1bn in assets. She has an MBA from the Yale and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

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    Chris Jaeckle
    Executive Chef

    Chris believes that fine dining techniques, artistry and quality can and should be accessible to everyone. Chris earned 1 Michelin star and a 3 star review from the NY Times as Chef de Cuisine at Ai Fiori. Prior to that, he spent 7 years cooking at Danny Meyer’s Eleven Madison Park and Tabla and subsequently as a sous chef at Morimoto, honed his temaki skills preparing rice and sushi. He has BA in Culinary Arts from Johnson & Wales.

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    Teiji Fujii
    Creative Director

    Teiji was born and raised in Japan. He began his career in NYC, in 1990 when he joined Young & Rubicam. At Y & R, Teiji was responsible for the new logo design and complete rebranding of the US Postal Service. Teiji also designed the LYCRA logo and global brand identity, and led projects for global brands such as KFC, Dr. Pepper/7 Up and Merck. In 1998, Teiji established his own creative firm, Teiji Fujii Inc.

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    John Bovell
    Catering and Events Manager

    John has over 10 years in kitchen and catering operations in the UK. Prior to that he worked for 10+ years as a solicitor focused on franchising, IP and supply and distribution agreements. He attended the College of Law, York, and earned a LLB from the University of Buckingham.


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    Jay Wainwright
    Global Development Officer of Le Pain Quotidien; Founder of Cosí
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    Laura Viggiano
    Sustainable Seafood Expert; Consultant
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    Humberto de Andrade Soares
    Entrepreneur and Investment Professional

Previous Investors

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    Humberto de Andrade Soares