Jenk is a 16-year-old social entrepreneur, professional actor, DJ, public speaker, presenter and social change activist as well as the Founder & CMO of Thred Media, a social enterprise focused on Publishing, Consulting and Production aimed at Generation Z.
The central tenet of the business is the social change focused website Thred where they write on all aspects of youth culture seen through the lens of social change. It reaches teens and young adults in 130+ countries a month and has won several awards including four W3 Awards, an International Davey Award, Amazon AWS Activator Award and been a finalist for a global KidScreen award.
Jenk has been seen in West End theatre, TV, commercials, music videos, short films, voice-overs and several commercial print & modelling campaigns. On the speaking circuit, Jenk enjoys talking about the future of Generation Z, Young Entrepreneurship and Social Change with the hope of helping other young people develop their own impactful ideas. He has given three TEDx Talks entitled ‘Ideas Ink.’; ‘Breaking the Pattern’ and 'Can a 'Like' change the world- the power of clicktivism' as well as having spoken at such conferences as Oxford Global: Model United Nations Conference; Vox YMS NYC Marketing Conference- New York City; Oxford Global: Summit For Young Leaders- Athens 2018 & London 2020; Amazon AWS Summit- London; Brand Week- Istanbul; SES Student Employability Summit- London, NACUE Enterprise Conference and SME Beyond Borders Conference- Dubai.
Jenk has been featured in Forbes and Business Insider as well as having won several awards including the Diana Award 2021, ‘Progress 1000: Most Influential Person- Science and Tech’ from The Evening Standard, the ‘Tech London Advocates: 25 under 25’ award, PMI 50 Future Leaders and he was voted ‘Top 20 Young Entrepreneurs To Watch’ by Start-Up magazine. Recently, Jenk received a column in London’s Time Out magazine entitled ‘Ask Jenk’, enabling young people to write in and ask questions on all things Gen Z.
Jenk is a member of The Knowledge Society (TKS) and sits on the Marketing Board for Founders4Schools, WorkFinder App and Prospect 100 as well as being an Ambassador for Climate Science (climate), Youthtopia (climate), Impactr (social change), Bit Back 2030 (food), Youthify (climate), Earth Day (climate), Force of Nature (climate), The Song Academy, The Youth Group, Big Life Project and Genetic Disorder UK charities.
Born and brought up in London, 16-year-old Jenk Oz is a young entrepreneur, professional actor, model, musician, DJ, public speaker and young activist; as well as the Founder of Thred Media and Thred (formerly iCoolKid), making him the youngest CEO in the UK.
Jenk has over seven years of training at the likes of The Juilliard School NYC, National Youth Music Theatre (NYMT), Sylvia Young Theatre School, Young Actors Theatre Islington, Pineapple Dance Studios, Royal Academy of Dance, The Song Academy, The Rhythm Studio, London Sound Academy and the Junior Choral Camp. He has studied music theory, singing, acting, street dance, ballet, tap, jazz and plays 4 instruments to a high level. Jenk has worked professionally in TV, Film, West End theatre, documentaries, commercials, print & video campaigns, music videos, recorded original music and done film voice-over work.
Jenk’s CV includes a list of West End appearances including ‘The Last of the De Mullin’ and ‘Taming of the Shrew’ as well as appearing in Sky Atlantic’s TV show ‘Fortitude’. He has also featured in music videos and international commercial and print campaigns for American Express, Persil, Invisilign and several campaigns for Pearsons Publishing Group. Most recently, Jenk gave two TEDx Talks called ‘Ideas Ink.’ and ‘Breaking the Pattern’ in the hopes of inspiring other young people to follow their passions and develop their ideas. He has a third TEDx Talk in the works for Feb 2021.
From a young age, Jenk attended numerous performances and live events with his family which made him realise how he wanted to spend his free time. As a result, Jenk started going along to some after-school classes which included everything from acting to street dance, graffiti art and even DJing and music production, to gradually build up the resume he has today.
At the age of just 8-years-old, Jenk suggested an idea to his mother about sharing all the extra-curricular activities he was taking part in every week, as well as the cool shows and performances he was going to see, so his classmates could join in the fun. Soon after that, Jenk presented that same idea at Show & Tell during school general assembly. What started as a simple email to his classmates about the latest in fun things to do, extreme sport, sneakers, gaming, music and much more, was soon being shared across wider communities and schools by both parents and peers. This concept, combined with his mum's passion to support and share the journey with Jenk, led him to further develop and later build out the idea of iCoolKid Ltd. Launched in early 2017, it became a one-stop digital publishing company producing original content aimed at young people.
The website has won four W3 Awards, the Amazon AWS Accelerator Award 2017, an International Davey Award and been a finalist in the Kidscreen Awards 2018 and nominated for Little London Award 2017. Jenk has also been profiled in Forbes (2), Business Insider UK, BBC CEO Secrets, CNN, MSN, SKY News, Just Entrepreneurs, New Business, Enterprise Nation, The Telegraph, The Evening Standard, The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Start-Up and many more.
In 2019, Jenk decided to focus the content on social change, reposition the demographic upward (teens and young adults) and restructure the company (add Consulting and Insights services). July 2020 saw the official launch of Thred and Aug 2021 will see the launch of ThredMedia.com
Thred Media is a Media, Publishing, Consulting and Production company aimed at teens and young adults- currently referred to as Gen Z. Thred hopes to be a unifying force that will galvanise social spirit by supporting & integrating with the Gen Z movements globally.
Thred is Generation Z - from the founder to the writers, to the creatives, to the readers.
Thred Media Services
Publishing: The central tenet of the publishing business is our website Thred.We have created a digital space dedicated to young people that is shaped by Youth Culture and powered by Social Change. A place where young people can share the latest trending topics while engaging in dialogue about the issues that are relevant and important to our generation.
In addition to our in house editors & writers, Thred are building out a global eco-system of young, remote journalism students that will focus on news and social change with an authentic/live at the scene reporting style. This will allow them to get both writing & publishing credits for their CVs and hopefully empower them to approach schools, universities & local newspapers with the goal of getting them to publish their articles. Empowering young activists & journalists and giving them a platform and a voice is important to Thred.
Lastly, Thred will focus more on video via the Thred Daily (morning chat video) and long form Thred Talks (social change video/podcast). The first Thred Talk on Period Poverty came about after Jenk was in NYC speaking at a conference and met with Nadya Okamoto, the Founder of the hugely successful Period Movement across the US. The goal will be to have journalists around the globe contribute live from their locations to really drive home the messages of genuineness, transparency, diversity, inclusion and activism.
Consulting: Our consulting capabilities are threefold: publishing, media and production. We combine our expertise in these areas with our far-reaching network of Gen Z influencers, activists, entrepreneurs and social media communities. This enables us to deliver the most targeted, up to date and genuine approach to engaging and harnessing share of mind of this game-changing generation.
Media: We create authentic, digital-first content that engages, educates, inspires and empowers Gen Z readers. We engage collaboratively with our community to support Gen Z movements globally.
Production: We produce short and long-form videos and animations on a daily basis, appearing across all social media platforms and YouTube. Our unique and original productions - Thred Dailies, Thred Talks, Thred Reviews - are our signature weekly productions.
Public Speaking & Young Entrepreneurship
Jenk enjoys speaking publicly about the future of Gen Z, young entrepreneurship and social change in the hopes of helping other young people develop their ideas. Jenk has given TEDx Talks entitled 'Can a 'Like' change the world'; ‘Ideas Ink.’ & ‘Breaking the Pattern’; spoken at Oxford Global: Model United Nations Conference; Vox YMS NYC Marketing Conference New York City; Oxford Global: Summit For Young Leaders; Amazon AWS Summit London; Brand Week Istanbul; NACUE Enterprise Conference, SME Beyond Borders Conference Dubai, Arlix Meet: Young Entrepreneur Conference, and Maximum Achievement 2.0 and the Oppidan Education Conference as well as having won awards such as The Diana Award, Great British Entrepreneur Finalist, Progress 1000: Most Influential Person, Science and Tech 2017 from The Evening Standard, Tech London Advocates: New Generation 25 under 25 Award, PMI Future 50 Leaders and being voted Top 20 Young Entrepreneurs To Watch.
Jenk’s ethos is one of hard work and persistence, stating that if you follow your passions, you can make anything a reality. “Without my family and friends helping me think through iCoolKid & Thred at every turn, my idea would still be a Show & Tell poster gathering dust in a corner! My motto is: If you treat your idea like a dream today, you'll have a dream tomorrow; but if you treat your idea like a company today, you'll have a company tomorrow. Think it, Ink it, Watch it take flight!