Omaze is a privately owned internet company based in California, United States. The company raises funds for nonprofit organizations through online auctions, conducted similarly to raffles, with celebrities and brands. Omazes first raffle, featuring Peter Diamandis, began on August 21, 2011, and the company was founded by Ryan Cummins and Matthew Pohlson in July 2012. They got the idea for the website after Cummins and Pohlson, while in graduate school, attended a benefit hosted by Magic Johnson for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. During the benefit, a dinner with Johnson was auctioned off for US$15,000. The two could not afford to bid, and got the idea to website with luxury prizes but with low-cost raffle style entry tickets. The website won third prize at Startup Weekend LA in August 2011.