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Tiffany Krumins was awarded $50,000 on the inaugural episode of Shark Tank, which aired on ABC in 2009. Tiffany’s brainchild was inspired by a sweet-natured boy with Down syndrome who struggled to take medication. As his nanny, Tiffany tried her best to sooth his anxiety. With lightning creativity, she cobbled together fabric, sponges, and a plastic medicine dropper, and breathed life into her creation by imbedding a recordable sound chip from a greeting card. Ava the Elephant was born and is now one of Shark Tank’s most well-known and beloved successes.