Northwestern Mutual’s venture capital arm joined a $3.5 million funding round for U-Nest Inc., a California-based financial services mobile app.

Northwestern Mutual’s investment, made by the company’s Future Ventures Fund, marks the first investment of the $20 million fund, which was created to fund female-founded startups.

U-Nest developed a mobile savings app for families looking to save for college or other educational expenses. The app allows users to create a saving account as well as a monthly contribution plan that meets their saving needs. U-Nest also includes a gifting option, which allows friends and family to contribute to the college saving account.

“U-Nest aligns with our focus on technological disruption and investing in solutions that transform how our clients achieve financial security, as well as our commitment to supporting female-founded startups,” Northwestern Mutual chief product and innovation officer John Grogan said in a statement. Read the full story here.