Prince Andrew and Will.i.am join forces to train young tech entrepreneurs

Prince Andrew has joined pop royalty Will.i.am in a bid to train up one million young people across the UK with cutting-edge technology skills.

The Duke of York is behind the iDEA (inspiring Digital Enterprise Award) initiative which aims to equip youths with digital skills such as coding, computing and marketing that would allow them to launch their own business.

Prince Andrew hopes the scheme could help develop the next Mark Zuckerberg Credit: PA

He was joined by the Black Eyed Peas singer Will.i.am, who said that it was an "honour" to be a part of the scheme.

Today, digital skills incorporating computing, coding and marketing are a baseline requirement to succeed in almost every career path," he said.Whether a young person aspires to be a fashion designer, a doctor, a solar engineer, or a musician, digital and entrepreneurial skills are essential to success.

– Will.i.am
The singer also runs a charity foundation for young people in Los Angeles Credit: Reuters

It has also won the support of a number of celebrities including the supermodel Lily Cole.

The project, which was launched together with the tech group Nominet, will especially target people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

It will work with a number of business and educational partners to offer training and support to participants aged 16 to 25 and help them to develop their own business plans.

The project will give also 20 teams of young people the opportunity to pitch their ideas for a digital business to a panel of business people for a chance to become one of three groups of finalists awarded £15,000 to launch their own start-up.