16-year-old Jenk Oz, Founder & CEO of Thred Media is the most recent winner of Vodafone’s Shout Out for Small Business competition, allowing him to have a one on one mentoring session from the entrepreneurial star, Steven Bartlett.

Steven Bartlett rose to stardom in the entrepreneurial world after setting up Europe’s fastest-growing social media agency –  Social Chain. Since then he has become the youngest investor on Dragon’s Den and hosts one of the most popular business podcasts, The Diary of a CEO.

Stephen Bartlett Jenk Oz

With his expertise in digital media, what better person to mentor Jenk and give him some advice for his StartUp company. 

Launching last year, Vodafone’s Shout Out for Small Businesses competition recognises and celebrates the latest entrepreneurs who use their digital skills and technology to drive their small businesses forward in innovative ways within today’s challenging business environment – and this year Jenk Oz was crowned the winner. 

The mentoring session Jenk won saw Steven use his years of business expertise and experience to provide Jenk with a personal assessment of Thred Media, allowing them to identify development and growth opportunities. This will help give Thred Media the boost they need, and with Steven on his side, and Jenks already established brand, at such a young age may we add, Thred Media is bound to have a fruitful future. In addition to the mentoring session, Thred Media was also given a Facebook and Instagram social media marketing campaign boost, to help with exposure and brand awareness, as well as an in-depth digital business strategy consultation with a Vodafone V-Hub adviser.

“It’s incredible and truly inspiring to see what such a young company has been able to achieve in such a challenging environment. Technology and digital skills are undoubtedly one of the most important tools for small businesses to gain an edge in competitive markets, and it’s great to see Jenk and his team showcase what’s possible. Vodafone’s competition really shines a light on the amazing businesses out there.” – Steven Bartlett

Jenk was selected by a panel of judges including Steven Bartlett, Enterprise Nation founder Emma Jones CBE and Vodafone’s Head of Small Business, Andrew Stevens. The panel of judges were particularly impressed with the rapid scale at which Thred Media has grown under the leadership of such a young team – which helped in their decision of crowning Thred Media the competition winner. 

“I want to thank Vodafone for this opportunity. I came up with the concept of a website for teens when I was just 8 years old and presented it at a Show & Tell during a school assembly. Over time, the original website pivoted into thred.com, a 100% social change focused news and insights digital magazine. It’s been an amazing journey so far, with Thred now acting as a full-service media, consulting and research company dedicated to helping global brands gain share of mind of this ever-evolving generation. I really enjoyed receiving in-depth business advice and guidance from my session with Steven and along with Vodafone’s marketing boost, I’m sure my team and I will be able to take our business to new heights.” – Jenk Oz, Founder of Thred Media 

To date, Thred Media has 10 full-time employees, 10 remote writers, 100 ambassadors and a community of 200,000+ followers – and were really excited to see what’s to come for Thred Media. A huge well done to Jenk Oz and his team. 

If you’re a small business owner looking for guidance on anything from starting an online business, digital marketing, or cybersecurity, the V-Hub by Vodafone has a number of free resources that could be helpful to you – you can also speak with an advisor for personalised advice.  Visit the V-Hub today