Over the course of five days of the SDG Bootcamp, Daastan received mentorship and support from leading experts in the entrepreneurship ecosystem. It helped them develop their potential to tackle Pakistan’s complex development challenges. In 2019, the top three performers from the SDG Bootcamp, including Daastan, were awarded grants of USD 2,500 each to help them expand their social enterprises. They were also given the opportunity to pitch their ideas at the Regional Youth Co: Lab Summit in Hanoi, Vietnam and subsequently at the Asia-Pacific Forum on Leadership, Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Guangzhou, China.
After the Summit, Daastan received dedicated support from the Youth Co:Lab’s Regional Springboard team and was recognized as a high-potential social enterprise with prospects to achieve regional success. Through ongoing mentorship, Daastan pursued its objectives and key results framework, developed a digital accounting ledger and brand assets, and scaled its revenues three times over in just one year.
Daastan is now Pakistan’s premier book publishing company and the go-to platform for global authors with a team of 12 people. The company uses a social enterprise model to support authors by monetising their time, content and skills through online training and workshops. It has supported more than 10,000 authors from 17 countries who have published over 300 books in 25 genres and two languages.