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Richard “D-cal” Dacalos is an educator, entrepreneur and coach.

He has served as an educator for a little under a decade and has over 7 years of experience as a coach and entrepreneur.
He is the creator and co-founder of Upstart: The Board Game. Upstart gamifies learning entrepreneurship. It allows players to experience the successes and failures of starting and sustaining a business. Upstart broke local crowd funding records in the Philippines and successfully funded on Kickstarter in November 2016.
Before focusing on Upstart, D-cal spent 4 years in the public school system working to transform educational systems. During his time serving in the public sector and teaching underprivileged youth (many dealing with urban poverty), he created The Office of Activities in Social Innovation and Sustainability (OASIS). The OASIS ran student leadership and incubator programs and managed the national volunteer program of the university.


He was also the creator and co-organizer of “The Collaborative Carnival” – Southeast Asia’s First Collaboration Festival – an initiative that brought 300 changemakers and entrepreneurs from around the world to co-create and collaborate for a better future. Entrepreneur Philippines called it “a definitive twist to collaboration”.

He has served as a coach and mentor for World Islamic Economic Forum’s Young Fellows Program, Hack the Climate, Shaping Davos: Manila and Watson Institute.

He is also a Global Shaper of the World Economic Forum (and a part of their international advisory council on impact and collaboration), module developer, writer, certified green building consultant, and martial arts teacher.

For consulting, life coaching, business coaching, panel moderation, talks, seminars and workshops email gamechanger@d-cal.com