Biography

Biography

Jenk is a 15-year-old young entrepreneur, professional actor, musician, DJ and presenter as well as being the Founder & CEO of Thred Media (formerly iCoolKid), a Publishing, Media, Consulting and Production company aimed at Generation Z.

Jenk has a team of writers, graphic designers and videographers at thredmedia.com (consulting) and thred.com (publishing). Thred is a multi award-winning website which is the largest of its kind with thousands of original Youth Culture and Social Change focused articles. The site sees monthly visitors from over 190 countries and has won several awards including four W3 Awards, an International Davey Award, Amazon AWS Activator Award and been a finalist for both a KidScreen and Little London 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 both the future of Generation Z and Young Entrepreneurship with the hope of helping other young people develop their ideas.  He has given two TEDx Talks entitled ‘Ideas Ink.’ and ‘Breaking the Pattern’ 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; 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.

Jenk has been featured in Forbes and Business Insider as well as having won several awards including the ‘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 sits on the Marketing Board for both Founders4Schools and WorkFinder App as well as being an Ambassador/Mentor for Prospect 100, The  Song Academy, Big Youth Group, Big Life Project and Genetic Disorder UK charities.

 

 

Story

Born and brought up in London, 15-year-old Jenk Oz is a professional actor, singer, dancer, model, musician, DJ, presenter and public speaker; 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.  

 

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. Mid 2019, Jenk decided to re-focus the content (youth culture and social change) reposition the demographic (teens and young adults) and restructure the company (add on Consulting and Insights services), March 2020 will see the official launch of Thred.com and ThredMedia.com.

Thred Media
Thred Media is a Media, Publishing, Consulting and Production company aimed at teens and young adults- currently referred to as Gen Z. The goal for the new website thred.com is to create 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 their generation. We hope to be a unifying force that will galvanise social spirit by supporting & integrating with the Gen Z movements globally.

 

In addition to in house writers, Thred are building out a global eco-system of young journalism students that will be remote writers and support the art of fair and honest journalism. They 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 as well. 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. 

 

Thred Media Services

Thred is a Media, Publishing, Consulting and Production company aimed at teens and young adults. We are Generation Z - from our founder, to our writers, to our creatives, to our readers.

 

Consulting: Our consulting capabilities are three fold: 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. 

Publishing: The central tenet of the publishing business is our website thred.com 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. We hope to be a positive unifying force that will galvanise social spirit by supporting & integrating with the Gen Z movements globally.

 

In addition to our editors and in house writers, we are building out a global eco-system of young journalists and activists that want to share their journeys. These remote writers focus on news and social justice with a refreshingly authentic and transparent 'on the scene' reporting style. Empowering young activists & writers by giving them a platform to voice the Gen Z movement is at the centre of our company.

 

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 and young entrepreneurship in the hopes of helping other young people develop their ideas. Jenk has given TEDx Talks entitled ‘Ideas Ink.’ & ‘Breaking the Pattern’; spoken at Oxford Global: Model United Nations Conference, Oxford University; Amazon AWS Summit London ‘18; Brand Week Istanbul; NACUE Enterprise Conference, SME Beyond Borders Conference Dubai, KidTech London 2018, Arlix Meet: Young Entrepreneur Conference, Maximum Achievement 2.0, Oppidan Education Conference as well as having won awards such as Progress 1000: Most Influential Person, Science and Tech 2017 from The Evening Standard, Tech London Advocates: New Generation 25 under 25 Award and being voted Top 20 Young Entrepreneurs To Watch 2017.

 

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.

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 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!

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