Daastan Wins 2nd Prize at the Asia Pacific Youth Exchange Program In Thailand

The National Incubation Center, Pakistan’s premier state of the art incubation hub proudly announces the victory by one of NIC Alumni startup Daastan for winning the 2nd prize at the Asia Pacific Youth Exchange Program, organized by Urban Youth Academy, powered by UNDP held from 04th to 16th August 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.

The Asia Pacific Youth Exchange (APYE) is a regional youth program that helps youth engage in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) initiatives. By working with multiple stakeholders in local communities and in decision-making processes, selected youth delegates are given the opportunity to learn and hone the skills necessary to participate in SDGs-related activities.

This year’s theme was sustainable tourism and the program comprised of a two-week intensive leadership training program with local immersion where the participants were to co-create social entrepreneurship solutions for the local community.

Daastan At Asia Pacific Youth Exchange (APYE)

A number of 116 delegates from 15 countries of Asia Pacific region participated in the exchange program where the team of six multinational young leaders led by NIC’s alumnus Syed Ommer Amer stood 2nd globally in Asia Pacific Youth Exchange Program, Thailand.

The team led by Ommer made a digital toolkit which enabled the local community to market themselves on digital a space. It comprised of LINE stickers pack, a guidebook containing everything you need to know about the “BangSaKae” villages and a visual guidebook in the Thai language which explained how to edit the toolkit.

Excited, the founder of Daastan Syed Ommer shared

This trip not only opened my eyes to a whole new world of opportunities and possibilities but also enabled me to be more empathetic and a responsible citizen who strives every day to make this world a better place to live in.

Addressing the UN Council

Daastan’s founder Syed Ommer also got the opportunity to speak at the UN Council where he represented Pakistan and spoke about local problems that need global attention. He actively participated in local community events like the Canal Cleaning Drive, Mini marathon and Thai Cultural Dance.


This was the 6th APYE program and to date, it has been held in three countries i.e. Vietnam, Korea, and Thailand. The founder of Daastan dreams to bring this program in Pakistan to promote tourism and social entrepreneurship in Pakistan.  

Reviving Pakistan’s literary industry

Founded in 2014, with a mission to empower emerging authors to chase their dreams of getting published. Daastan aims to revive Pakistan’s literary industry by providing content solutions to brands and individuals with the purpose of connecting writers with opportunities for career growth.

Setting an example in the start-up eco-system, the founder of Daastan is all set to raise the bar for the publishing industry in the country. 

Months of mentorship and pitch-perfect session at the NIC!

From countless hours of pitching and mentoring, Daastan is another rising star from the National Incubation Center in Islamabad who is making it big by empowering writers with its content solutions and connecting them with opportunities in the country.

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