Duke University Start-Up Challenge

2009 Grand Prize Winner ($25,000+)  – 1st Place out of 109 Teams

1st Undergraduate team ever to win the Start-Up Challenge

1st Non-Technology ever to win the Start-Up Challenge

1st Place in the Business Plan Competition

1st Place Judges Choice and Audience Vote in the Elevator Pitch Competition

Kairos Top 100

Named one of the Top 100 Innovative Student Businesses of 2009

Presented on the trading floor of the NYSE

Featured during the annual Kairos Entrepreneurship Society Global Summit

Throwdown! With Bobby Flay

Chef Phillip Yi was the winner of a Sushi Throwdown with Iron Chef Bobby Flay


Making Your Restaurant

2nd Place in the Arcoroc Originals Contest

Won a complete set of the new Zenix line of tableware for the 1st Sabi Sushi restaurant


Featured article “The Students and the Sushi Chef”


The Chronicle, Durham NC


Duke News

Featured story on the Duke News Network



Alibaba Global Entrepreneur Program

All 3 founders of Sabi were selected for an all-expense paid trip to Hangzhou, China to participate in a week of international business training workshops that included the likes of Jack Ma, David Wei, Citibank, and Arnold Schwarzenegger


Towerview Top 10 of 2010

Named #8 in the Towerview Top 10 to watch for in 2010


CNN Money


  1. Brad Hargett says:

    Hello guys!
    Just checked out your website. Nice very interesting. Had a great time talking with Trevor, and Shaan at Starbucks yesterday. Hope all is going well and on plan. I think the idea of the concept is excellent! Good luck and looking forward to your opening!
    Get Rolling!

    • sabisushi says:


      Thanks for all of the help. It was awesome that we happened to bump into such a knowledgeable person within our industry. We will be keeping in touch as things progress.


      Team Sabi

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