At the age of 8-years-old, Jenk suggested an idea to his parents about sharing all the extra-curricular activities he was taking part in every week, as well as the shows & performances he was going to see, so his classmates could join in the fun. Soon after that, Jenk presented that same idea at a 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 led him to further develop and later build out the idea of iCoolKid Ltd. Launched in early 2017, the business was a one-stop Digital Publishing, Media, and Production company producing original content aimed at young people (8-13), and the story of how Jenk Oz become the UK’s youngest CEO.
The site did not focus on daily news, sports updates or celebrity gossip but rather on curating and developing original, on-brand content. iCoolKid’s goals were to disseminate timely, responsible, engaging, intelligent, trending, edgy content to a global audience of young people; all the while, keeping them safe, in the know, inspired, positive and included. iCoolKid acted as a motivating force which encouraged ‘Generation Z’ to pursue their passions at every turn.
The website has won four W3 Awards, an International Davey Award, the Amazon AWS Accelerator Award 2017, and has been a finalist in the Kids Screen Awards and Little London Award.
In early 2019, Jenk decided to re-position and restructure iCoolkid. He was getting older and wanted the content to engage an older more social change focused reader. In July 2020, the new website Thred was launched. The site is aimed at teens and young adults and 100% of the content has a 'thred' of positive social change running through it.
Jenk has created a digital space dedicated to young people. A place where they can share the latest trending topics while engaging in dialogue about the issues that are relevant and important to his generation. The hope is for Thred to be a positive and unifying force that will galvanise social spirit by supporting & integrating with the Gen Z movements globally.
In addition to the editors and in house writers, Thred 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.
Lastly, Thred creates original, digital-first content that engages, educates, inspires and empowers Gen Z readers. They engage collaboratively with the community to support Gen Z movements globally. They do this by producing short and long form videos and animations on a daily basis, appearing across all social media platforms and YouTube. A series of unique and original productions - Thred Dailies, Thred Talks, Thred Reviews - signature weekly productions.
In January 2021, a separate Thred Media website will launch and house the commercial side of the business. The Thred team is well positioned to consult on Gen Z given everyone who works at the company is Generation Z - from the founder, to the writers, to the creatives, to the readers- first party data.
Thred consulting capabilities are three fold: publishing, media and production. They will combine expertise in these areas with a far reaching network of Gen Z influencers, activists, entrepreneurs and social media communities. This will enable Thred to deliver the most targeted data & insights, up to date trebnds analysis and the genuine approach stratgey to engage and harness share of mind of this game-changing generation.
'Ideas Ink.' Workshops
'Ideas Ink.' Workshops
KidPreneur Conference, UK
Based off his original TED Talk, Jenk teaches one hour classes on how to start a business and think through the first 30 days. He covers everything from idea generation, conception, design, logos and trade marks through to writing business plans.
Please contact us should you wish to hire Jenk for an 'Ideas Ink.' Workshop for your event, school or conference. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org