Let’s put AI to work.

Natif.ai is a deep-tech start-up in the field of intelligent document process automation (IDP). Thanks to high-performance AI models and a self-developed Deep-OCR, a wide variety of documents can be analyzed extremely quickly, accurate and relevant data are extracted. Natif.ai provides a fast and efficient way to productively bring artificial intelligence into the economy. It was founded by a German-French team and is an official spin-off of the German Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI).

Our values

We believe that artificial intelligence will change the way entire industries and companies work and that is the right time to also take advantage of the new opportunities. Many companies have already started digitizing, laying the foundation for the next innovation. The shift from digital companies to cognitive companies, which automates work process on a wide range of levels, significantly minimizes costs and maximizes efficiency.


The DNA of our company consists of a team that has already significantly changed existing industries as well as experienced deep tech engineers. Natif.ai was founded on the German Technology Campus as a spin-off of DFKI, the largest German AI research center focusing on deep-learning, computer vision and NLP.

Founders Team

From left to right: Johannes Korves  , Christophe Hocquet  , Manuel Zapp  , Berenger Laurent 


  • 5-million-euro seed investment for Saarbrücken-based startup Natif.ai

The deep-tech startup attracts further well-known investors. Its superior technology based on Artificial Intelligence automates document-based processes, freeing employees from paperwork. 

(Saarbrücken / 09.03.2022) – The Saarbrücken-based startup Natif.ai won further investors in a seed financing round: The round is led by Redalpine, a leading European early-stage investor.  F-LOG Ventures, a fund specializing in logistics, and serial entrepreneur and business angel Phillipp Rechberg complete the funding round. They join existing pre-seed investors 468 Capital, High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) and Premius, who also participate in this round. “Natif.ai’s founders have identified an enormous market opportunity. Documents of all kinds are omnipresent in business communication, and every company will want to automate document-related processes sooner or later. With its leading AI technology for cognitive data capture, Natif.ai is perfectly positioned to meet this need,” says Antonius Salis about the reasons for Redalpine’s investment.

With Natif.ai, software developers can use the most advanced AI technology for document processing, tailored to solve the demands in their own products, in just a few steps.

Natif.ai is setting new standards with its globally unique technology. Documents can not only be processed 30-60 times faster, but also with an automation rate up to 10 times higher than with current technologies. The developer’s effort is minimized. A few lines of code are all that is needed to integrate the platform into existing processes via interfaces. The technology is ready for immediate use and complies with data protection regulations.

The central feature is the self-developed Deep OCR, an automatic and self-learning text recognition system that reads text much more accurately than other technologies and is also capable of recognizing handwriting.

Natif.ai will use the investment to expand its team of developers and sales experts – both at its Saarbrücken site and remotely – and to accelerate its growth. “Natif.ai will be the new market standard in document processing and text recognition. With our technology we can take on companies such as Google or Abbyy. With Redalpine and F-LOG, we have found additional investors who open doors for us to international markets and support us with their networks and know-how to continue to grow strongly,” says co-founder Johannes Korves of Natif.ai.

The platform already processes millions of documents every month such as letter mail, invoices, receipts, or insurance contracts. In the process, relevant key information is extracted, documents are classified, and various AI-based process steps are performed via complex workflows. Typical customers include banks, insurance companies, law and tax firms, as well as software providers and tech companies.

About Natif.ai (www.natif.ai)

Natif.ai is a deep-tech startup, in the field of Intelligent Document Process Automation (IDP). Thanks to high-performance AI models and a self-developed deep OCR, a wide variety of documents can be analyzed extremely quick, accurately, and relevant data can be extracted. Natif.ai enables developers to provide complex workflows, state-of-the-art AI technologies and Active Learning via API through its platform. Founded in 2019 by Manuel Zapp, Johannes Korves, Christophe Hocquet and Berenger Laurent, the company is an official spin-off of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI).


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Schanzenstrasse 70 20357 Hamburg
T.: 040 46 88 32 – 33

Natif.ai GmbH
Johannes Korves
Campus A1 1
66123, Saarbrücken
T.: + 49 172 153 13 76