Startup Spotlight – Sam Stoddard encountered the byzantine U.S. immigration system a few years ago as he prepared to marry his fiance from Korea. Immigration is a $48 billion industry monopolized by lawyers who can charge you up to $2,000 just to file one vital document. It also can be a long and emotionally-charged process. So Stoddard imagined an online do-it-yourself tool to streamline the immigration process for people needing to submit basic immigration forms. Simple Citizen was born. 2015 has already been an incredible year for Stoddard and his co-founders Brady Stoddard and Ayde Soto, who won the $100,000 Judge’s Grand Prize and $25,000 Audience Choice award at the recent StartFest entrepreneurial celebration. They also won a $40,000 grand prize at this year’s Utah’s Entrepeneurial Challenge, were part of Boomstartup’s summer cohort of early stage companies, and were recently selected as the first company accepted into Beehive Startup’s “StartStudio”.
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