Boston fan getting cheers in St. Louis for business incubator

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)-- He`s a big Boston Red Sox fan, but Tim Rowe is drawing cheers from St. Louis.  That`s because Rowe is expanding his well-known Cambridge Innovation Center to St. Louis.

The Center serves more than 600 startups and small to mid-sized companies at its flagship location in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It`s the largest cluster of startups in the world.  Rowe visited St. Louis Thursday to meet with St. Louis entrepreneurs and share his enthusiasm about expanding to St. Louis.

"We feel like this is a group of people who collaborate, not every city has that," said Rowe. "You have people who go out of their way to help each other, not every city has that."

He even said the nature of Cardinals fans is an added bonus.

"It came up a few times today that we`re from Boston, and people have been very gracious," said a smiling Rowe.

Rowe attended an event at the @4240 building held by Wexford Science & Technology.   The developer is turning the old industrial building into the future home of the Cambridge Innovative Center`s expansion.  The company has also been a key player in the creation of what`s known as the CORTEX district in St. Louis.

"People used to think that what you were supposed to do is convince a big company to come from another city to your city," said Rowe.   "You got to grow them yourself and we`re looking forward to growing the next generation of great companies in St. Louis."